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07-04-2008, 12:08 PM
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M. Cullen: After all the hand-wringing over the trade, anyone missing this guy now?

J. Jagr: Still a good player, but coming off one of the worst seasons in his career. If we didn't let him go this year, it would have been next year or at most, the year after.

M. Nylander: Keeping Nylander and signing only Gomez or Drury might have resulted in a better year this year, but Nylander did get hurt this year, is an older player, and really has no place on this team now that Jagr is gone.

B. Shanahan: He may still end up on the team, but he has clearly lost a couple steps and if he comes back, it will be in a limited role.

M. Straka: Still a good player, but age and injuries are catching up to him. I think he's got another couple years in the tank, but the fact that he wasn't picked up by an NHL team is telling.

J. Ward: Marginal player
M. Hossa: Marginal player who will be playing in Russia next year
A. Hall: Marginal player who somehow got a 3 year contract

M. Malik: Was better than most fans gave him credit for, but I think the boos got to him. Good positioning and break out pass, but slow and hesitated with the puck too often, allowing forecheckers to get in on him.

K. Rachunek: Decent player, but too prone to mistakes

A. Ward: Nothing special. A #4 dman at best.

F. Tyutin: Good young player that we are gonna miss, but getting Zherdev is worth it. May never develop into a 1st pair dman, but is a solid #3.

T. Pock: Career AHLer or 3rd pairing dman

The fact that we've made the playoffs the last 3 seasons is really a testament to Jagr, Lundqvist and Renney IMO. Next years team, on paper at least, is a far cry better than the team we had to open 2006.

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