Does Dallas deserve to be mentioned with Detroit, New Jersey, and Colorado?
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10-01-2003, 04:46 PM
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I also believe that this may be the last year we talk about the big four. After this season, these teams will need to do some dismantling. Many of the older guys (Yzerman, Stevens, etc.) are going to contemplate retiring rather than deal with the hassles and stress of waiting out a lockout. Some of the bigger contracts won't be renewed by these teams (Kariya, Selanne, etc.), or will move contracts in the anticipation of some sort of cost control measure under the CBA. These teams will need to go into some sort of re-building mode, however, how drastic depends on how well the team is stocked with younger replacements.
Well, aside from the lockout, the effect of which nobody can really tell, I think that only 2 of the 4 are looking at dismantling: Det. and Col.
NJ has had a revolving door since it won the cup in '95; but I will grant you that they always had Stevens, so his loss can't really be quantified. I think Dallas is in pretty good shape. Modano has a few more good years in him, Arnott is young, Guerin is young, Lehtinen is young, the defense is young, Turco is young. They have at least a few more years before they have to overhaul their core.
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