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10-31-2008, 09:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Bleed Ranger Blue View Post
I completely agree. The talent level has progressed over the last 3 years from being a complete two-trick pony in Jagr and Lundqvist to a bit of a more well-rounded attack...but this is still a team that relied HEAVILY on two players up until last season. With that said, its not like its an easy thing to make it to the conference finals, and I dont think its fair to assume that Renney had enough talent where a conference finals berth was to be expected.

This year, the goaltending is still there and now we have a Stanley Cup caliber defense. Its up to Renney to coax as much as he can out of the forwards, which is a group thats high on depth and a little short on talent.
It's more than that. The previous two seasons the team leaned on Jagr and Shanny to carry to the offensive load - with even more older guys like Straka and Nylander to be large contributors on offense as well.

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