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03-05-2011, 12:23 AM
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Originally Posted by StarsHawks View Post
This just screams you don't understand playoff hockey. Defense has always been what wins the Stanley Cup. If you honestly think we can make it past the 2nd round with our current defense roster including a healthy Grossman your overly optimistic. All it takes is 1 injury to Robida or Goose and we are screwed. Philly acquired all that defensive depth for a reason this year. This is one of the main reasons I dislike the "Lets go for playoffs" mentality that prevented us from shopping Richards. Getting blown out in the 1st round by Van or Detroit is the most realistic outcome. Unless we can somehow get our **** together and get a top 6 spot come April.
A playoff birth this year is more or less for the purpose of adding value to the team for potential owners to be attracted to. Once we get new ownership that is willing to spend $, then we can acquire the shut down defense we need and then become a cup contender. I agree with your premise though, the current state of our defense will leave us embarrassed in a first round match up with a top team.

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