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Old 03-04-2009, 10:48 AM   #436
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about as exciting as watching paint dry... hooray for the "New NHL"
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Mike, as much as you may hate it, you better hope that the Islanders continue their losing ways. They absolutely need to get a top 2 pick, as they will most likely be John Tavares and Victor Hedman, or vice versa. Someone like Tavares can have a huge impact in terms of turning around a franchise, albeit not immediately. Look at what Crosby and Ovechkin did for their respective teams
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Mike, as much as you may hate it, you better hope that the Islanders continue their losing ways. They absolutely need to get a top 2 pick, as they will most likely be John Tavares and Victor Hedman, or vice versa. Someone like Tavares can have a huge impact in terms of turning around a franchise, albeit not immediately. Look at what Crosby and Ovechkin did for their respective teams
on the other hand, putting too much pressure on "the future of the organization" can backfire as well; Steven Stamkos comes to mind...
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Mike, as much as you may hate it, you better hope that the Islanders continue their losing ways. They absolutely need to get a top 2 pick, as they will most likely be John Tavares and Victor Hedman, or vice versa. Someone like Tavares can have a huge impact in terms of turning around a franchise, albeit not immediately. Look at what Crosby and Ovechkin did for their respective teams
I'm fine with them losing at this point. I'm glad that they're giving the young guys lots of playing time, and if you watch the team now, you can tell that these kids are much better than they were 5 months ago. Luckily, they're far enough in last to get one of those Top 2 picks. There's a certain weird enjoyment that goes with having your team out of the playoffs - the games are fun. It's also good to see the guys still laugh and have fun during the games.
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on the other hand, putting too much pressure on "the future of the organization" can backfire as well; Steven Stamkos comes to mind...
Yes, but Stamkos is only 18, and will only get better. That's why I said Tavares probably won't make a huge impact initially, but over time he will. And Stamkos has been playing much better in the second half, even recording a hat trick.

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I'm fine with them losing at this point. I'm glad that they're giving the young guys lots of playing time, and if you watch the team now, you can tell that these kids are much better than they were 5 months ago. Luckily, they're far enough in last to get one of those Top 2 picks. There's a certain weird enjoyment that goes with having your team out of the playoffs - the games are fun. It's also good to see the guys still laugh and have fun during the games.
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I've felt the same about the Leafs - I like to watch their younger players who look like they're enjoying themselves.
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Yes, but Stamkos is only 18, and will only get better. That's why I said Tavares probably won't make a huge impact initially, but over time he will. And Stamkos has been playing much better in the second half, even recording a hat trick.
Oh, I agree, I think there is a lot of potential there, people just assume the #1 pick now is going to be another Crosby or Ovechkin right out of the gate and that's just plain stupid...
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people just assume the #1 pick now is going to be another Crosby or Ovechkin right out of the gate and that's just plain stupid...
Or a DiPietro. He's on the 9 years to Greatness Plan....fucker.
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Or a DiPietro. He's on the 9 years to Greatness Plan....fucker.
His greatness or yours?
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wow, some real mind blowing trades so far...
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Toskala out for the season, so the Leafs picked up Martin Gerber.

Ollie Jokinen to the Calgary Flames.
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Toskala out for the season, so the Leafs picked up Martin Gerber.
this could go one of two ways...
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And they are?
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Gerber will suck
Gerber will not suck

I'm thinking option a...
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I'm thinking option a...
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