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04-09-2006, 12:58 PM
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Pantokrator
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I thikn that there will be several players not retained, but overall, this team has a good basis.

I figure in the next 1-3 years:

Primeau, if not done now, will be done
Brashear is gone
Kapanen will retire
Forsberg will retire
Stevenson is done
Savage is gone
Desjardins will retire

This leaves

Gagne
Handzus
Richards
Carter
Umberger
Dimotrakos
Meyer
Pitkanen
Hatcher
Rathje

Possibly:
Knuble
Johnnson


This is a good nucleus to form around, adding players such as:
Eager
Downie
Bellamy
Picard
Potulny
Rucicka (sp?)

Plus some free agent pickups.

I think that the flyers are in decent shape for the next 7-10 years, with a very strong nucleus. They can compete for the Cup, but they will still need, I think, a superstar player the calibre of Forsberg to go all the way. Its too bad they couldn't have Forsberg in about 5 years when all of the youth is in the prime.

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