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from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

Let's look at the big picture first. Coming off the Cup championship, the challenges of the summer, the challenge of trying to recreate things at a time in the season when it's not as stressful, has it been difficult to deal with it all? Has it been what you expected?

"We expected some challenges along the way. Maybe our early struggles of consistency was something we might have expected going into this and trying to make sure we focus our guys on a forward thinking mindset. This is a new season, a new challenge. We're a new team even though we have a lot of returning players. That's really the message we've been trying to send to our group, is having that forward thinking mindset and not necessarily looking in the rearview mirror. We've tried to take the lessons learned from the Stanley Cup experience, but by no means do we want to dwell on it. We want to move by it and look forward to this new challenge.

"I think the biggest challenge is and has been is just that reinvestment in how much of an investment it takes to win in this league. It's a real competitive league. It doesn't matter where a team sits in the standings; if your team going into a game is not ready to play from a mindset standpoint and a commitment standpoint, then you run the risk of getting beat on any given night regardless of who you play. That reinvestment day in and day out, game in and game out, is something we're really trying to challenge our guys with."

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