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09-05-2013, 01:31 PM
T. Yoshi Muchakoopas
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Originally Posted by Moonlapse Vertigo View Post
By most accounts the goal was to be a playoff team last year opposed to being a borderline lottery club.
On the merit of the natural progression of a young, talented team - not because they stepped up in free agency or the trade market and plugged the holes.

It doesn't take a genius hockey mind to throw money at players like Hudler and Wideman and pretend they're the solution.

Sidenote: Sorry, this Burke hiring has made me super cynical. I'm not convinced that he's a great hockey mind but based on the kinds of players that he covets and loves my gut tells me that the Flames are going to be pushing the Oilers around... regardless of their lack of "skill." I'm still having nightmares about that last game between the Oilers and Flames from last season. Their ECHL players bullied our guys.
He blusters about truculence, but have you watched the Leafs? Soft as we are.

Originally Posted by Moonlapse Vertigo View Post
Sven Bärtschi is stupid talented.

This just in: Top 3 picks aren't a prerequisite for elite talent.
They're just a near assurance of it.

I'll reiterate an earlier point: Based on what you would consider trackable progression and league history, it would not be reasonable to suggest Baertschi WILL be an elite player.

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