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07-05-2012, 02:57 PM
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Originally Posted by 101st_fan View Post
So the Devils should have made their run without Brodeur, Parise, or Salvador. We should have tried without Weber or Suter, and depending when your cutoff date is possibly Rinne. Phoenix should have traded Whitney and Doan at the deadline according to your proposal.

Frankly yes, If you can get some combination of good players under contract and draft picks, heck yes. With Suter, I would have guessed at about a 10% chance of a cup at the beginning of the playoffs...No better. I know we were a lot of people's dark horse, but with our offense I was not convinced. Without him, and without getting a significant return in the form of a top 6 forward plus picks, I think the teams chances at the cup in the next 4 years is less than 10% altogether (2.5% chance a year), but still might have been somewhere around 6% a year with good compensation. So yeah, to me it looks like we have reduced cup chances overall with our handling of the situation.

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