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07-03-2012, 03:41 PM
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The Red Wings weren't built to live or die based upon the performance of three players like the Avalanche; Detroit had depth.
Detroit had more depth than the Avs, but not so much that you couldn't do the same thing with Yzerman, Fedorov and Cheveldae/Vernon/Osgood/Joseph/Hasek to explain their exits from 1993 to 2003.
And if anyone was dependent on scoring from the top two or three guys, it was Dallas (Modano, Hull and Nieuwendyk).
Colorado's "role players" were great beyond the top 2 centres. Guys like Ozolinsh, Foote, Kamensky (who outscored Forsberg half the time in the 90s), Claude Lemieux and Adam Deadmarsh were key to their 1996 win. In 2001 they had Tanguay, Hejduk, Drury, Blake and Bourque. Colorado's depth was enviable for just about every team that wasn't Detroit, and even then they beat the 1996 Wings decisively.
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