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04-22-2004, 12:08 AM
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Originally Posted by Stephen
If you look at teams like Detroit and Colorado, who have won the cup many times, they've traditionally had strength down the middle: Yzerman, Fedorov and Sakic and Forsberg and Drury. Dallas won their cup with Modano and Nieuwendyk down the middle. Many teams try to build up the center position.
I agree. But from memory... I really can't name many good wingers from the 7-combined Stanley Cup teams you're talking about.

I also noticed that you didn't mention New Jersey. Because Ottawa's offense looks much more like Jersey's cup winners. The wingers were generally much better than the centres.
Off hand, most of their centres have been 2nd line types at best. Declining Gilmour and Nieuwendyk (playoff heroics aside, he's been a 2nd liner for years now). As well as, big but not tremendously offensive types like Arnott and Holik.

Having Spezza, almost makes me feel like we're a little ahead of the game. As long as we can clear some clutter this summer (Bonk and/or Smoke) and give him ice time.

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