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08-08-2012, 12:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Cyborg Yzerman View Post
We lost Stuart, Lidstrom, and Hudler. We added Tootoo, Samuelsson, and Brunner.

Going into the offseason we needed an additional top 6 forward, a top 2 defenseman, and a pk specialist. None of those holes were plugged.

Our team was a 5th seed team who was dominated in the first round last year.

We got worse. Unless our rookies step up in a big way, and/or if Babcock is able to rally this team in a big way, next year will likely only continue the signs of regression we've seen from our roster the gradually over the last three seasons.

I predict we'll finish as a 6th seed. Behind Chicago, St. Louis, and possibly Nashville, depending how they do with the loss of Ryan Suter.
We got deeper up front by adding Sammy, Brunner and Tootoo (also will have Nyquist up full-time hopefully) which was a goal going into the off-season.

We brought in a very intriguing back-up for Jimmy which was another need.

I think we will finish ahead of Nashville and Chicago. St. Louis likely will maintain their pace that they had last season.

We are now deeper and more balanced than NSH and CHI and the Hawks still don't have a goalie. Let's not forget that they didn't do anything at all this off-season after getting knocked off in the first round for the second consecutive season in a row. Nashville downgraded, assuming that their youngsters don't set the world on fire.

I see us as a 4-5 seed again.

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