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11-05-2013, 04:54 AM
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They don't need leaders that will give speeches and show them how to "play".

We were sold that line when Smyth was brought back and again when Ference was signed.

They need guys who will actually get the puck in battles for them. Guys who hit to hurt. Guys who do the dirty work on the boards.

That's what this team is missing. A whole lot of nastiness, puck retrieval, and board beasts.

You could immediately see what Joensuu and Pitlick brought to the lineup was like a jolt of lightning. We need more of those jolts, it's horrible luck that both got injured so quickly.

The core IMO can work, but first off, Hemsky and Gagner are the redundant pieces. They need to be replaced with guys who do the above.

Speeches and all that IMO are overrated. Colorado's kids are carrying them. The head coach is the one who needs the fill that role, the kids need help on the freaking ice, not in the locker room. A speech isn't going to help when RNH and Yakupov are getting blasted into the boards trying to fish out a puck.

Remember the last time we almost made the playoffs? Gagner-Nilsson-Cogliano did great, but that team also had rough characters and more sandpaper than this squad does. You have to dish out punishment, if you are a skilled team but you invite other teams to push you around physically, eventually it leads to a destruction of morale within the locker room.

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