Eklund: Setoguchi for Beauchemin
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11-18-2010, 02:05 PM
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: San Jose
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I meant what I meant. The players we have in the core and under long term and NTC contracts are at their peak and what you see is what you get. That might not be enough to win it all. We are still capable of winning, but the window is closing with this group when you compare this team to LA for instance.
Don't misunderstand the point. I am talking about skill sets and development. Can we win it all this year? Sure ... if we fix the obvious defensive weakness and the team re-discovers how to play with a purpose, we can win this year.
Look at history on core groups of forwards. The trend is towards younger offensive groups winning the cup. Off the top of my head, the last two older groups to win were Carolina and Detroit (on its cup before last). Average age over 30 is not a good sign for the top 3. Older dmen are definitely acceptable. The easy explanation is that speed is more a part of the game as played by top teams today.
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