How does the current roster stack up to the beginning of the 05-06 season
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07-28-2012, 10:44 AM
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Durham NC
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Pretty much. Blaming Gerber for falling ill doesn't make a whole hell of a lot of sense.
I think the main difference between this roster and the Cup-winning one is that this one will be seen as "legitimate" by other fanbases (should we do the impossible), since we made a big splash for a "legitimate" player in the offseason and we have a "legitimate" goaltender to carry us there.
Yep, I remember getting laughed at on the main boards when I simply said that the Canes would be a serious contender for the playoffs (not even necessarily to do anything in them) that season. Most everyone was still on the Tampa kool-aid despite losing a couple dmen (Sarich and Kubina I think?), Bulin, and Stillman. The Canes were expected to be an afterthought in the East that year and a real contender in the Kessel sweepstakes. IIRC the people that weren't picking Tampa were picking Atlanta to win the SE that year.
A top 9 of Staal, Cole, Brind'Amour, Williams, Stillman (after being bought out by Tampa), Whitney (after being bought out by Detroit), Cullen, Vrbata, and Vasicek wasn't scaring anyone on paper. Funny how that worked out as just a little tinkering with things (shipping out Vrbata, bringing in Weight and Recchi) led to that being what's still IMO the best top 9 and overall forward group to win a cup post-lockout.
Biggest difference between that team and this one though was experience. That team started with an average age of 26.4 with a very veteran defense and the one that actually won the cup was an average of 28. Only reason either was so low is because of how young Staal (21), Ward (21), Williams (24), LaRose (23), Ladd (20), and Babchuk (21) were.
Average age heading into this season is just a hair younger (about 25.6 without factoring in Murphy possibly making it) and isn't anywhere near as experienced on the blueline.
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