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09-27-2003, 01:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Aphotic
It sounds an awful lot like you're contradicting yourself here, my good man.
A cup contending team is a top tier team. And centering the first line of a top tier team would have to make you a top tier player.
Not at all. Who was NJ's first line center this past season? I would say it was Madden, but he is far from an offensive star, much less top tier player in the league. Heck, he will have trouble scoring 20 goals a year. One could make a case that Gomez was the first line center, but Koivu is leaps and bounds ahead of Gomez in terms of sheer talent, in my opinion.

Being a cup contender doesn't necessarily mean you need top level talents at each and every position. It simply means you have the right chemistry, the right goaltender, and most importantly: the best core group in the league.

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