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11-09-2010, 01:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Garbage Goal View Post
Players can and usually are still productive in their early 30s. It's not up until around the age of 35 that contracts start to get risky, generally.

Still, I don't think it's any secret that the contracts we have are currently structured in a way that ignores the long-term effects of said contracts. Pronger and Briere's contracts both represent potential massive problems down the road so I'm hoping the best works out with them.

Our prospect pool is also barren with JVR (who has yet to develop really) and Giroux (who has yet to develop enough to hit 50 points in the regular season) representing the last of our prospects/youth with enough scoring upside to be serious impact players. Bobrovsky and Eriksson, both goalies, represent the last of our high-quality prospects as well.

So there is potential for a rough road down the line, but for now we're fine. GMs don't get enough credit for what they're able to do to get out of jams and the NHL is pretty unpredictable so there's not much point in getting up-in-arms about some potential trouble down the line.

Actually defensively they have some good core prospects with potential, but potential can either lead to a decent NHL career or a perennial AHL All-Star. The farm system is in shambles though, to say otherwise is putting your head in the sand. If you want to go back to the early 90's after the post-80's run with no Cup it means having to go about things like Pittsburgh or Chicago and not a franchise like Detroit.

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