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02-26-2007, 12:04 PM
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Originally Posted by BigE View Post
This wasn't necessarily the case two days ago, and quite likely still isn't the case now. At least not if there are players in the room that still feel they're capable of doing things. What message does it send to any young player in this organization if they still feel they've got a shot and management suddenly pulls the plug and sells?

It's not enough just to develop skilled hockey players, you've also got to groom them with a winning mentality - something which takes more than 6 months to put together.

Maybe things have changed with the Columbus defeat, maybe they haven't, but who really thinks the Rangers are going to trade Nylander (much less Jagr)? Who thinks we're going to get a Braydon Coburn in return for Ward or Rachunek? You're fooling yourselves.
The abysmal Philly game was 9 days ago. Then the Chicago game followed a day later and that wasn't so great either, despite the win. Then we lose 2 to the Devils, one of which was a disaster in that we once again blew a multiple goal lead, and a lead in the third. Are you really saying that things were looking good before the Columbus game?

I just don't buy the fact that young players have to win to be successful. If they are coached right they can be talked to when they make mistakes and reassured that despite any short term frustrations and disappointments, the team's goal is on the future. As long as they aren't pressured into thinking they must win now, I see no reason why they can't be brought along successfully.

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