Exactly. No one knew s*** about Datsyuk in 2002 other than he had great hands. If you had told me after the cup run in 02 that Datsyuk would go on to score almost 100 points in a season and win a bazillion Selkes I wouldn't have believed it.
Hell, Holland nearly traded him for Scott Gomez.
Half the fanbase wanted it as well which is actually hilarious.
Yes first round exists happen, but it's what, 4 out of the last 5 years for us now? That can't be shrugged off by saying "it happens. Someone gets to win and someone gets to lose".
It's very clear that we're lacking some punch to finish teams off in a 7 game series. We can compete, but as of late we've been coming up short, and it's happening far too often for my liking.
You know next year Boston is going to be better, just another team in the east that we'll have to fight with for a playoff spot. Something needs to be done.
Boston is in cap hell and Chara is basically done. I highly doubt they will be any better then they were this year.
We took Tampa to game 7 (half the forum was saying Tampa in 4), and should have really won the series. I don't look at this year as a complete failure like some other have said. Franzen, and Cole could have really helped. Kronwall could have helped the last game as well.
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