‘A slow start could be seriously damaging to the team’s psyche. The players have to be wondering how good they’re going to be without Daniel Briere and Chris Drury. They’ll learn a lot about themselves in training camp, but I think any team that loses a mammoth part of its identity will remain fragile until it experiences consistent success. If they stumble out of the gate, then they better have their leadership situation settled. October might be as important of a month for Ryan Miller as April or May.’
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