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11-03-2012, 04:29 PM
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
The 1998 team was pretty poorly put together IMO and still almost won. If Mario helps them win, maybe Canada doesn't make adjustments and loses in 2002. It's not like 2002 was a blowout
Hmmm. But 1998 was almost more a year in transition too. 2002 wasn't. In 1998 Gretzky was on the team and you could have easily put Messier there as well as Francis. In 2002 there were enough youngsters that broke out that wouldn't have been on 1998 anyway. Iginla, Gagne, Jovo, Brewer, etc. All were too young in 1998. Hard to say though. That's the butterfly effect, but I am just assuming Canada keeps the pedal to the metal if they win in 1996 and 1998 and still create the best team to win in 2002 on North American ice.

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