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03-26-2011, 04:58 PM
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Originally Posted by 007 View Post
I disagree. On the assumption that Callahan, Dubinsky, Anisimov, Staal, Girardi, Sauer and McDonagh continue to improve (or at least play as well as they did this season), the addition of a guy like Richards could be just what pushes this team from being a good one to being a real playoff threat.

Some of the players you mentioned are pretty close to their peak (Callahan, Dubinsky, Staal). They are already in their mid-20s, with several seasons under their belt. Dubinsky will hit close to 60 points this year and Callahan is on pace for 70. How much more will they improve?

The real improvement will come from rookies like Stepan, McD and Sauer, as well as prospects like Kreider, Thomas, Werek.

But none of that will happen next year. The team will not hit its peak for another 3 seasons. That's when it's worth signing UFAs.

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