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11-14-2011, 12:43 PM
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bernmeister
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There is a difference between
the poll question "Can we win the Cup [now]"
and the thread title question
"Can we compete for the Cup"

We can compete, and have outside chance to get lucky.
Injury, also, for and against, is always a factor.

But no, on paper we will not win unless/until we get some upgrades as to depth/scoring. Guys like Hagelin, not EC, should be on our 4th line, with opportunity to make the third. The only reason that's probably not the case now is it was expected Hagelin gets more minutes on an upper line, and we can't really move the deadweight EC. But those kinds of upgrades will have to take place before we can hope to truly be good enough to not merely win, but eventually dominate, or at least reasonably hope to co-dominate with the other league powerhouses.

Hopefully Miller advances faster than Stepan/Cally, Kreider is here next year, we get one difference maker on D, and we move a guy like Thomas with a real asset (Sauer or Girardi) for a real scoring threat who is an overall solid player.

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