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07-04-2012, 10:39 AM
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Originally Posted by Panteras View Post
people need to look at that list realistically..

Huselius, Langkow, Hagman, Arnott, Langenbrunner, Fehr, Mueller, Holmstrom, Fedotenko................

Chose from those
You're leaving quite a few names off of that list.

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Originally Posted by pantherbot View Post
1. Washington gains Ribero but loses Semin, which is a downgrade in secondary scoring. The Holtby/Neuvirth combo could be good, but could also be disastrous over a full season. Ovechkin could have better numbers, but his game seems to have changed from offensive dynamo to be a bit more responsible. They also have a new coach, again.

2. Tampa, could improve from last year but goaltending remains a question mark. Would you be comfortable with a Lindback/Garon combo? I wouldnít be. I wouldnít assume that basically the same 84 point team as last year is vastly improved, but they do have the potential pieces in place

3. Carolina will be much improved, no question about it from me.

4. Winnipeg, they basically added second and third-line pieces. The team is improved on paper, but they havenít improved drastically. they also lack high-end talent like we do. their home ice advantage is over-hyped, just look at the home records from last season and it sows that they didnít do better at home than any of the other teams in our division. theyíre a good team, but Iíd rather be in our position.

Iím not dismissing any of the other teams in our division, because they are all very good. All Iím saying is that they arenít as vastly improved as some on this board seem to think and we arenít terribly worse than we were at last year.

Some of the posters here make it seem like weíre the only team that requires our top players to be our top players. The other teams need their top guys to perform, just like we need our top guys to perform, this isnít unique to just us.

At the same time, many are assuming that other teamsí players improve while ours stand still. I would expect Gudbranson to be much better than the bumbling rookie he was in the first half, and Kulikov to be better than the hobbling liability he was in the second half. I also expect Versteeg to improve his game with a full year as a first-liner under his belt. Bergenheim and Goc should also be better contributors if they can stay healthy, and Upshall can actually contributeÖsomething. Dineen should be a better coach, and the team should hit the ground running having played a year together and being more familiar with each other.

I want our team to add pieces too, but it is not as dire as it looks and, letís face it, we are a budget team right now. Our best course of action is to remain competitive for a playoff spot (which we will be), build from within, and when it makes sense financially and competitively to add the necessary pieces to become a perennial playoff team.
Totally agreed. I won't be able to say it better.

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