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07-10-2004, 08:51 PM
Tap on the Ankle
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Originally Posted by Kickabrat
The process may be great but it hasn't delivered what everyone's been wating for...a stanley cup.
The Red Wings were an elite team for at least 6 years before they won a Stanley Cup, and they've won 3 of them total since then. Ottawa has been elite for what, 3, maybe 4 years?

This team is still really, really, ridiculously young, and they will only get better. Our oldest core player is Alfredsson (32), which is fairly young when you compare it to other elite teams' core players. Then you've got Hossa (25) who is considered by some to be a top 3 winger in the league, Havlat (23) who is already a PPG player, Chara (27) who just had a major breakout year and will remain a dominant force for years to come, Redden (27) a Team Canada player who is being used as a model for up and coming defensemen, Fisher (24) our checking centre who just proved he is no longer a 4th liner, Spezza (21) was 4th on the team for scoring (and this is the highest scoring team in the league we're talking about here). Other notables are Phillips (26), Volchenkov (22), Vermette (turning 22 in 10 days), Varada (28), and hell, even Smolinski (33) isn't a geezer yet.

Point is, most of this team is still very, very young, and many of them haven't even entered their prime yet. This team can only get better from now on, and we've just got to be patient with them. No drastic moves are really necessary.

Our time will come.

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