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03-20-2007, 10:44 PM
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True Blue
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Originally Posted by bathgate View Post
Sorry but I must disagree on Jagr and Shanny. Could it be that at 35, Jagr may be slowing down. He no longer makes end to end rushes. Before being hurt, Shanny was mired in a goal scoring drought. His use on the kill is beyond comprehension.Guys in their mid to late thirties need rest , not the 20 something year olds. Prucha never plays with a legitimate center. The kid does have soft hands and a scoring touch. Betts is not his ideal center. Cullen for all his attributes is not a pass first center. Renney has done a fine job since the trade deadline. Before the deadline, he deserves some criticism for handling of players and stubbornness in not matching lines.
I'll agree with this. But, also as others have said, the team is younger and very much better than 6 weeks ago. If Renney takes the blame for not having the team prepared or not paying attention to details in their own end, or the general inept in-game coaching, he has to get some credit here. The team has paid attention and have improved their overall game. They are more aggresive physically and much smarter positionally. And are much more willing to shoot, not just wait for the perfect shot (though not as much on the PP). Now, that yoots have someting to do with those and it may be that Renney would never had found that out, unless he was basically forced into the situation (which he was). However, the fact remains. The team is younger and better.

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