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05-28-2007, 10:33 AM
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League becoming more aggressive again?

I found this article interesting (Pioneer Press).
http://www.twincities.com/sports/ci_...nclick_check=1

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Count [Jacques] Lemaire among those who will be glued to the television during the Finals. Currently relaxing at his place in Florida, Lemaire has been enthralled by the entire playoffs. He says he has noticed a pattern that likely will alter the NHL landscape a bit next season.
“Looking at where the league is going, it’s going to be a little more aggressive,” he said. “We went the other way for a while. The hitting was there. Now, it’s a little more than that. You see the scrums after the play. They’re pushing, fighting more.
Every team will try that. Especially now that they see Anaheim doing so well. Everyone is talking about them. Everyone will take that road.
Successful strategies always have been copied. Lemaire should know. There isn’t a team in the league that doesn’t use a trap. If something works, everybody wants in.

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Bring back the goon squad, I say.

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Size matters

Look what happened to Sterling, Haydar, and Krog in the playoff series vs. Hamilton -- virtually no production. Size and toughness does matter.

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lets get this for a 4th line then

Odgers-Avery-Lambert.

Come on at least the thought is nice. I wouldnt wanna be on the ice against that.

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I've been thinking the same thing Lemaire stated since the start of the playoffs. I think though it is going to "tighten up" again at the start of next season, but the message is being clearly sent here that if you want to succeed in the playoffs...the rough stuff is the way to go.

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The Thrashers were 1000x more physical than the Rangers in the playoffs and what do they have to show for it?

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I think it is the Anahiem "Get two of the three best defenseman in the league" strategy that should be copied.

Ottawa is not all THAT tough of a team...Neil is a grinder more than anything at this stage in his career. Their D has gotten softer by losing Chara.

And if Lemaire saw something that was working, he sure wouldn't share it with the rest of the league for free.

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I think it is the Anahiem "Get two of the three best defenseman in the league" strategy that should be copied.
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And if Lemaire saw something that was working, he sure wouldn't share it with the rest of the league for free.
Both good points.

However, I would say it's amazing what people can say when you ask just the right question at just the right time. Lemaire bored in Florida might be one of those times.

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To be honest....I'm not sure what Lemaire is seeing. I don't see anything different when it comes to playoff hockey. Maybe he hasn't been watching it much the past few seasons?

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