I don't disagree but I think a lot of their success came from them overachieving. I'm not a big fan of Anderson and I think he just had a hot year. I love the Avs so hopefully last year wasn't a fluke, but with such a young roster, there's going to be a lot of fluctuation.
...Anderson has had consecutive really strong years in the NHL. Sure, the season in Florida was relatively short (31 games), but it isn't like he came out of nowhere last year.
I wrote to the organization at the above link to let them know it would be disgraceful, embarassing, and insulting to the fans to not honor Gagne in the coming game. not that it will accomplish anything, but it felt nice.
It has been confirmed: a tribute video to Gagne will occur.
Fans can be mean in Philadelphia. Santa Claus once was booed at an Eagles game. "So you never know," Gagne said.
It would be a shame. Gagne scored 259 goals for the Flyers, scored 40 twice, was a two-time All-Star and lifted the team in last season's playoffs with nine goals and 12 points in 19 games.
But the Flyers needed salary-cap space, so Gagne was traded for defenseman Matt Walker.
"I don't know if it's going to be tough or special; maybe a mix of both," Gagne said about being in the Wachovia Center. "I'll try … to go in the right locker room."
Gagne has fit in well with the Lightning, and though without a point in Saturday's opening win over the Thrashers, his screen of goalie Chris Mason was key on Lecavalier's goal.
"But that's Gagne," Boucher said. "He does the little things right. He does the little things to win. He's a tremendous player."
Still, Lecavalier said Gagne is "really going to have to focus" the next two games.
"He's played almost every year in the playoffs, so he can handle pressure," Lecavalier said. "But it's not even pressure, it's the excitement, the emotions."
"You still get a feeling for the people you were working with," Gagne said. "I'm not talking about the players but the people outside, people working in the building. That's going to be the tough part. I never really had a chance to say goodbye. But from the hockey side, it's over. I'm a Lightning now. It's time to say, 'Okay, I'm with a new team.' "
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I think all they need is time to gel and some solid veteran leaders. Foote is a beast but if David Jones is considered a veteran leader...
To make the playoffs, they could be fine as is. Like Hover said, they're a bubble team. They're still a revamped defense, some better secondary scoring, and some development of their young players away from contending though.
It kinda surprises me that he thinks there's a chance he'll get booed. I expect nothing less than a very long standing o.
There's no way in hell he gets booed and he knows that. He probably responded to the question with his typical settling personality and a slight chuckle. He isn't going to respond in an egocentric manner saying "I expect to be cheered given my achievements there..." As far as "the mix" he mentioned, he probably meant his inner feelings not the fans' reactions. The writer had an agenda and he fit in a quote where he needed it. When Gagne gets cheered, it will be forgotten by these writers who bring up the Eagles and the 1960s. Why not bring up Bob Kelly or Brian Propp and their returns? And the next writer, ten years from now, will mention Santa Claus and a snowball.