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06-08-2004, 03:48 PM
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Molson v. Labatt
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It's always harder to repeat, wearing the bullseye of the champion. The Lightning though are a very good and still maturing team. There will be plenty of competition in the East: Ottawa (new coach and possibly more changes in store), Boston (will it be the usual free agency roller coaster?), Toronto (do they continue to stockpile vet's for a last run?), Philly (will be interesting to see what moves they make), New Jersey (Brodeur always makes them dangerous), Montreal (Gainey knows how to win). And as to not overlook the rest of the conference- lots of clubs with good youth that could put it together. The NHL has lots of parity, it is very premature to start talking dynasty.

Some key free agency issues to be resolved this Summer:

RFA's-

Fedotenko, Kubina, Modin, St-Louis, Sarich, Stillman, Afanasenkov, Cibak, Clymer, Dingman, Neckar, Pratt


UFA's-

Andreychuk, Cullimore, Rumble

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