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12-13-2013, 12:13 PM
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Originally Posted by True Blue View Post
Come on, McD. At no time during Tortarella's tenure could his teams be classified as such.
Well they certainly were a disjointed disgrace. That team was a mess.

In my opinion that team was pretty lazy. I'm not saying it is Torts fault; they had some straight up lazy players and they also had plenty of bi-polar players, guys like Anisimov and Dubinsky and Rozsival and even Gaborik whose effort level would go up and down game by game and shift by shift.

Overall the compete level was pretty bad. It jumped a bit when Prust and Shelley came in but not by much.

I do not see much of an effort level between this year and that year. Or this year and last year for that matter. What's different this year is the top players aren't playing like top players. They aren't even playing like mediocre players. This is Girardi, Staal, Stepan, Callahan, Hagelin and Lundqvist's worse seasons by far.

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