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from the Vancouver Province,
-There was a time when NHL coaches would rather dress lepers than rookies during the playoffs, but you only have to check the rosters of the five teams still alive to understand the direction the new NHL is headed. -This postseason has again demonstrated it is difficult to win when the core of your team is predominantly European. Detroit and its seven Swedes are gone. The Rangers and all their Czechs are gone. So are the Canadiens and their United Nations. The Canucks, you may have noticed, didn't make the playoffs in the first place. Conversely, look at the teams that are still going. Anaheim's best player is Scott Niedermayer. The Oilers are led by Chris Pronger and Ryan Smyth. San Jose has Thornton, Cheechoo and Marleau. Buffalo's best players are Daniel Briere, Chris Drury and, when he's not concussed, Tim Connolly. We're not channeling our inner Don Cherry, but it's a reality that can't be ignored.

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