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11-20-2006, 04:27 PM
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Little Nilan
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All I know is that the personel changes will be very interesting this year. Gainey has many cards to play with and it might be his opportunity to get a royal flush. Or, he could also do nothing .


Personally, I'm wondering what the situation is with Kovalev, is he injured or is he adapting to a new position? Perhaps it's both. He hasn't been that bad if you look at the average play level of NHLers, but he hasn't been good either if you look at what he can bring on a nightly basis. Koivu does seem to have that ability to make players around him that much better. This year especially, I've noticed a drastic change in Koivu's game, much like Brind'Amour went through in Carolina. It's all for the better in my opinion.

I liked that Samsonov-Plekanec-Ryder line, but it could also be a recipe for disaster. If Plekanec was playing like the playoffs last year, that would've been a no-brainer. But at this point... I'm not so sure.

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