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11-12-2013, 08:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Mant View Post
Nah, they cut a lot of dead weight this summer. They had a lot of defensemen and forwards that hadn't been pulling their weight for a while, and they cleaned them out. Streaky players like Jones, lazy players that took bad penalties like O'Brien, they didn't resign Hejduk (as much as we love him) who probably should have retired a few seasons ago. The only defense regulars from last season are Hejda and Johnson.

They kept their core, and got rid of the expendable players and replaced them with players that aren't big names, but are the right players for the team. They added some veterans and leadership, which is something they'd been really lacking since they were among the youngest teams in the leagues for a few years. Quite a few of the players they got rid of aren't even in the NHL this year.
in addition to cutting dead weight Oreilly missed games due to contractual differences, Landy was injured, thats two important parts of the offense right there. Put it all together and last year was a group of dis heartened players playing for a coach that just got behind and could never seem to catch up, in a word lack of leadership... sounds like we have much much more leadership now.

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