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10-02-2003, 04:57 PM
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Well, every team has weaknesses. It's just that comparatively speaking, Colorado's weaknesses and strengths are like day and night. Whereas most teams have traits that just linger around the average, Colorado has some fairly polar opposites when it comes to team qualities.

Consider:

1a. Arguably the best offense assembled this century. In all seriousness, a very scary and potent forward corps.

1b. Arguably the greatest collection of forwards that need siginificant amounts of ice time to do anything. Too many talented forwards wanting ice time = not enough ice time to spread around.

1c. A big drop-off in talent on the checking lines. Aside from Battaglia and Nikolishin, they have a bunch of prospects looking for jobs. Similar to the Oilers checking lines, but that's not the point. The drop-off in talent isn't as noticeable on the Oilers.

2a. A very strong top 4 on the D-line, including Blake, Morris, Foote, and Skoula.

2b. An iffy 5/6/7 group with Skrastins, McAllister, DJ Smith, Slovak, vying for jobs that perhaps shouldn't be theirs.

3a. A fairly gutsy GM who will do seemingly whatever it takes at trade deadline time to bring the team to the next level.

3b. An inexperienced coach at the NHL level. Lemaire exposed this.

4a. A career backup with adequate upside and serviceable talent will start in net.

4b. A career backup with unproven talent and unrealized upside will start in net.

5a. Good drafting and scouting record with guys like Hejduk, Tanguay, Skoula, Vrbata, Nedorost, Reinprecht, etc. all products of their system.

5b. Trades have sent a lot of that talent elsewhere.

And finally,

6a. A team built for the playoff's with good, veteran, proven players on both offense and defense. Money was spent to get results this year.

6b. A potential CBA crisis will likely make this team a one-year ensemble.

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