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04-04-2013, 12:17 PM
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As much as I am a fan of pure skill, I've always understood how well it's complimented by toughness. The NHL is a physical first league. Rarely can a team over come the physical element without a proper response.

I loved Gabby for his skill, but his mental toughness was severely lacking this year. Well below what it was in years past. He wanted out and it showed in terms of who he was on the ice this year. His team mates liked and respected him, but he's never been known as a guy to glue the locker room together.

Herb Brooks always said " I want the right players, not just the best players." Did we take a step in that direction yesterday. Don't know yet. But I think so.

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