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11-16-2012, 07:09 PM
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Originally Posted by McGuillicuddy View Post
I would have thought the absence of Sakic, Kariya, Lemieux would have been enough to put the Nagano team on the dubious half of Phil's list (i.e. teams missing key players).
I thought of the 1998 team but then I realized that while Kariya missed the tournament Sakic actually played in most of it but missed the playoff games. Lemieux was retired at that time so I really wasn't sure if he counted or not as it was. Other than that the 1998 team more or less had the best Canadians. Messier and Niedermayer come to mind as arguments for missing the tournament but that's about it. The goaltending and the defense were certainly top notch.

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