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10-11-2013, 07:21 AM
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The lamenting over Dubinsky and Anisimov is romanticizing at its finest. When they were here they were whipping boys the majority of games they played. It's easy to talk about how much you miss a player when they aren't here contributing to the problem. Memory loss must be contagious these days.

Rick Nash is still 10x the player either of them are. You can't say he has no heart or fire because he was the crux of it in Columbus.

There is no definitive answer to what will fix this team but it starts with getting rid of the dead weight and letting the core of this team build chemistry and identity together. The only thing Arty and Dubi brought you cannot replace is a bond with their fellow teammates built over time.

Bring the kids up and let them start bonding with the old core and each other through what will probably be a rough year. The constant turnover and gutting of the bottom six is destroying any chance for this team to coalesce. There are too many new faces right now from the team to management and that lack of comfort and familiarity is hurting them on and off the ice. This is a good time to plug holes with prospects. If this team is going to play like garbage every night, at least let it be together as a group that has a future in New York. There is no point in letting this team build a bond with guys who the writing is on the wall for.

Pyatt, Pouliot, Moore, Asham. These guys have no future here. Move them and bring the prospects in so they can start helping the rest of this motley crew find some sort of indentity and fire.

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