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Old 02-27-2010, 11:31 PM   #361
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Like I said, he's back in business.

Adding a healthy Demitra to a lineup is like making a trade at the deadline and giving up nothing. He will probably play with Kesler/Raymond when they resume play so diss him all you want!
I hope so but I am hesitant

He was no doubt upping his game in the few weeks before the olympics started, which made sense because he hadn't played for like 7 months after his injury and it took him like 8-10 games to get back in the swing of things

But he was by far slovakia's best player for the whole tournament, I don't expect that

If he can chip in as a top 6 forward down the stretch I would be happy, dont expect him to keep up this level
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Old 02-27-2010, 11:32 PM   #362
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It's nice to see how happy the Finns are at getting the bronze. It probably meant more being down 3-1 as well.
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Old 02-27-2010, 11:34 PM   #363
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I thought Demitra was washed up but he obviously didn't fluke out to lead the tourny in points so far. He still has the skills and yeah if he can show the heart he did in the Olympics even 75% of the time for the Canucks, he will be an asset.
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Old 02-27-2010, 11:35 PM   #364
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While I am sure Demitra will help the Canucks out and will be better than he was for them last year and in limited action this year, I don't think he will be the gamebreaker he was in the Olympics.

Players for teams like the Slovaks, Fins, Swiss all go to tournaments like this, lay it all on the line and play hockey that they cannot replicate at other times in their career.

They put on the jersey of their national team, feel the pride and national honor that comes with that and their game hits another level.
What are you talking about, Demitra had 89 and 93 point seasons, who was the last Flame not named Iginla who's done that???
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Old 02-27-2010, 11:36 PM   #365
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What are you talking about, Demitra had 89 and 93 point seasons, who was the last Flame not named Iginla who's done that???
Jokinen...
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I meant as a Flame...
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Old 02-27-2010, 11:38 PM   #367
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I meant as a Flame...
Demitra doesn't have anywhere near 89/93 points as a Canuck. I'm not sure what point you're trying to make.
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Old 02-27-2010, 11:42 PM   #368
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Jokinen...

haha, nice.
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Old 02-27-2010, 11:43 PM   #369
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You guys are arguing nothing.

Play in the Olympics has no bearing on play in the NHL season.
Different format, different teams, different intensity.

Tuesday is a new day.
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You guys are arguing nothing.

Play in the Olympics has no bearing on play in the NHL season.
Different format, different teams, different intensity.

Tuesday is a new day.
Bam. We have a winner.
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Old 02-27-2010, 11:48 PM   #371
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Demitra doesn't have anywhere near 89/93 points as a Canuck. I'm not sure what point you're trying to make.
Read SuperMatts post.

He said Euros like Demitra aren't able to replicate their play from international games into NHL. He specified Demitra, who "replicated his game" into NHL better than any Flames forward not named Iginla in 12 years.
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You guys are arguing nothing.

Play in the Olympics has no bearing on play in the NHL season.
Different format, different teams, different intensity.

Tuesday is a new day.
Except in the case of Hagman, right? RIGHT?
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Except in the case of Hagman, right? RIGHT?
The Finnish are more Canadian than European. It's all the drinking, smoking and fishing.
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Except in the case of Hagman, right? RIGHT?
Means nothing. Olympics is a parallel universe. Means nothing on Tuesday.
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Old 02-28-2010, 12:32 AM   #376
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Jokinen said after the game that it was his last game with the national team. He intends to concentrate on his NHL career and feels it's time for a younger generation to take over.

He has two olympic medals, five world championships medals, silver from the world cup, and a gold from world juniors. Being the player of the game was a nice way to end his career with Team Finland.

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Jokinen said after the game that it was his last game with the national team. He intends to concentrate on his NHL career and feels it's time for a younger generation to take over.
Maybe because he couldn't hit the posts in the Olympics?
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Maybe because he couldn't hit the posts in the Olympics?
He played for non-playoff teams for so long, and I'm sure it gets old to be always available for the world championships in the spring. He said he still intends to play at least 6 years in the NHL.
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He played for non-playoff teams for so long, and I'm sure it gets old to be always available for the world championships in the spring. He said he still intends to play at least 6 years in the NHL.

Too bad the only teams that will sign him will probably be those same long shot playoff teams next year.
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I can never be happy for Jokinen, his struggles pretty much destroyed the positive forward momentum that the Flames had at the beginning of the season. If he didn't suck so much ass, this team would have been in a better position and we probably wouldn't have had to trade away Phaneuf and Aulie.
Lame. You are embarrassing yourself. It's laughable that you are blaming Jokinen for the Flames struggles and the trade of Phaneuf.

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