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07-16-2012, 08:44 AM
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Pantokrator
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I think the team will be worse - it will be difficult for the players that had career years to replicate that. I expect them to be fighting for a low playoff berth.

I am OK with it, because I keep thinking that the team will be better in a few years. The only players I can think of that will be gone for sure in two years will be Kimmo and Briere (I don't remember how many years he has left on his contract).

So, IF the current squad of young players can improve, then the team "only" needs a number 1 defenseman to compete for the Cup. However, that "only" is a pretty big one.

If the Schenns and Couturier turn into the players that they are projected to be, then the team could have a decent future. I still think it hinges on the defense though. They could try to go the route of the '06 Canes who really had an entire defense made up of #2-4 d-men. None of them were real #1s, but they had good depth on D.

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