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01-05-2014, 12:38 AM
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Originally Posted by haohmaru View Post
Callahan and Girardi aren't the problems. "Stars" playing like stars are. Richards. Nash. 1st line players playing like 3rd liners and not noticeable/difference makers.
This.

If you knew before the season that Zuccarello and Kreider were about to have breakout years, Hagelin would come back strong from surgery, Stralman would continue to evolve and Talbot would be a big contributor, you would have been thrilled.

This issue here is simple -- Lundqvist, Nash, Richards, Stepan, Del Zotto, Staal and to some degree Girardi have been disappointing. There are others. That's at least 35MM spent on passengers this year.

Get the stars right and this thing will turn around. Fast. And if not, then expect the Bekins man to have a busier than usual off season.

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