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09-15-2013, 04:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Toydarian View Post
I doubt the Blues were talking about "winning" the cup" before 2011. The Blues ARE in contention to win the cup so that would be their goal. Paajarvi just missed the "lets make the playoffs" by the Blues because he wasn't on the team when they weren't contenders.
Even so... I think that mindset of "we are contenders" is a pretty strong collective mental driver for players on a team that is a legit threat to go far in the playoffs. I think it can legitimately raise the compete and resilience levels of average/below average players as they see the team around them is collectively solid and expectations are higher than "make the playoffs and we are golden".

The Oilers are still stuck mentally somewhere in the mindset of "we could/should" make the playoffs.

I think it would be quite an eye-opening difference for MPS to go to a team where they are expected to go far and thoughts of making/missing the playoffs isn't even on the agenda... they are focussed far beyond that level.

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