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12-15-2009, 09:46 AM
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Originally Posted by jlr View Post
I don't see us as a contender. Top five in the East? Sure. But a legit contender? Our anemic offense and powerplay need a boost before I'd be comfortable with that statement. Sure, anything can happen in the playoffs, and we could ride a hot goalie on a deep run. But we certainly wouldn't be the favorite, I don't think.
Is the "favorite" the only one who can be considered a "cup contender"? I think the top 4 (conference wise) can be considered contenders and the other 4 depends on how hot they are at the time.

You don't necessarily need a high powered offense to be a contender. Just need some guys who can step it up when it's time. Vanek has the capability. Connolly has shown the capability as well as Roy and Pominville. It's Mac, Stafford, Kennedy we should be worried about.

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