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09-20-2003, 02:13 PM
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Originally Posted by CREW99AW
No mention that key players Niinimaa and Peca were really hobbled last yr.Having both healthy from the start, will give this yr's team a huge boost.

I do agree when he writes the isles are stuck in limbo with their budget restrictions.Competitive,but not able to get past the elite teams.

Isles have needed a 1st line winger and crease clearing d-man for a few seasons now.With a tight budget,they either need shrewd trading from the gm or for their top prospects to develop and contribute.
Believe it or not the Cup Champs NJD also have to watch the spending. I believe a reason for trading Sykora last year was his impending contract and this season they didn't offer Niewendiuk much money either.

Isles have to watch expenses but so do NJD, TAM, BUF, BOS, Ducks etc. BTW the team with severe financial problem is BUF.

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