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01-04-2010, 11:21 AM
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Norm MacDonald
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No matter how you spin it, Kovalchuk leaving would be a huge hit to this team... not only because of his elite play, but because of the implications. The team will be less competitive, so they will have to continue to use overpayments to entice mediocre UFAs. It's not like you'll get many players who want to play in Atlanta like Kozlov and possibly Antropov.

Don't expect Atlanta to remain competitive without Kovy next season. Expect another "rebuild" instead.
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Originally Posted by Rhodes 10 View Post
meanwhile could you imagine what our lineup would be next season

assuming kozlov retires, afinogenov and kubina leave

kane-peverley-little
?-antropov-versteeg
machacek-salter-armstrong
boulton-reasoner-thorburn

bogosian-enstrom
hainsey-barker
schubert-salmela/valabik/popovic/postma/kulda

maybe frolov for a lw spot? if we could sign him i'd love that. or anyone else on wing...it's not great but it's a solid hockey team
No, that team is absolutely brutal.

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