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04-09-2009, 07:36 PM
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Those seasons the Sabres were probably the deepest team in the NHL.
They seemingly scored at will at times, so Briere's average PPG isn't really useful in this arguement about today. Thomas Vanek scored 40 goals playing on the 3rd line.
The offense isn't as deep as it was then, so assuming Briere would come back here and score 95 points again is wrong. Teams would eye on shutting him down and he would be no better than what we have now at even strength. So maybe he helps our powerplay and we sneak into the playoffs and get bumped in the 1st round. Great. I'd rather keep Roy and continue to build around our young talent.
Yeah the offense was deep during those years, but the Briere line was still the primary focus of defenses. The Vanek-Roy-Afinogenov line was able to dominate as a third line because top-pairings were used against Briere.
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