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01-07-2007, 08:57 PM
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Fletch
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I could've sworn I saw your post say that going from under .500 to a PO team was unheard of - I was citing an example of a last place team that became the President Trophy winner. That's pretty big - wasn't comparing the two teams. Although Buffalo and Carolina had a pretty strong season too, and nobody expected that.

And again, when you miss an entire season, and you have a lot of turnover league-wide, you need to dismiss the returning players comment. Sather put together a team of familiar faces. The top guys, Nylander, Jagr, Straka, Rozisval, Kaspar and others had played together in the past. Rucinsky, Malik and others played together in other leagues, or internatational play, I believe. That's a bit different than bringing in total strangers. Continuity last season did not play into the results of the season as much as past seasons. An entire season was lost. That's significant and changes everything.

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