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11-09-2013, 02:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Drewbackatu View Post
Completely disagree with that last statement. Like him or not, Tort's got the most out of the talent he had here and Hank thrived under his defensive oriented system.
People around here give Hank way too much credit for the meager success this team has had since he became the goalie on 05/06!
I think both sides are right. Torts did get everyone to buy into his system in 11/12, and they went far with it. Just because the team tuned Torts out the year after doesn't mean we have to minimize the success Torts had before that (and the same can be said for Renney before him--we've had a string of very good coaches since the 05 lockout--sometimes a change is just something a team needs).

11/12 was a convergence of a number of people having great years. Torts got 18+ guys to buy into a philosophy of team play and self-sacrifice--that's not easy. Henrik upped his game to yet another level. Girardi and McDonagh had career years. Prust had a career year. MDZ had his best season to date, which really saved the team's bacon with Staal hurt (remember how much we all thought that team was boned when Staal wasn't ready to start the season?). Stralman came out of nowhere to fill the gap left by Sauer's injury.

That was just a team that fought to a man to grind out everything they could. That starts with Torts, but it also only works if everyone responds, and they did.

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