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05-16-2013, 01:25 PM
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Originally Posted by haveandare View Post
Can't help but smirk when I read this Torts quote:

“We’ve got everybody and their brother whining up there in Washington about what happened in that series, and I think that’s a big reason why they lose that series. So I just think our mindset is very good, as far as not letting anything bothers us, just getting ready to play each day: Play the game, practice the next day and just go about our business.”

I think Oates did a good job with Washington on the ice but their culture seems a little off. Lots of gloating when they win, lots of whining when they lose. Say what you will about Torts, but this team seems to have its collective head on right.
That much I'll give him definite due credit for. They were a bit mangled early this season, as compared to last season, but the culture he's infused is overall really good. I'd still like to see the strong side F up high in our own end, a better transition/offensive structure, and a PP that wouldn't suck in the ECHL. But I think he definitely has built an excellent collective team mindset.