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11-19-2012, 03:18 PM
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Originally Posted by DyerMaker66 View Post
Please God, no. That's exactly what lead to that terrible 2006 team: Putting more stock in experience than in talent.
There needs to be a balance, obviously. I actually have quite a bit of faith in Yzerman and the current regime to put aside loyalties (whether to their club team, previous Canadian Olympians, etc.) for the good of assembling the best possible team at that time. Much moreso than I did in Gretzky et al.

In any event we'll have sufficient experience such that we won't need to bring along guys like Iginla or Thornton just for that reason - Crosby, Toews, Staal, Perry, Bergeron, Nash, Richards, Weber, Doughty, Keith, and Seabrook are all at least good bets to return in '14. Getzlaf has a shot, if he can return to his '09-'10 form. Giroux demonstrates outstanding leadership in Philly. NHL veterns like Sharp, Jordan Staal, Neal, Carter, and Letang are in the mix. So really only 3-4 spots up front are in play for the youngsters, and Tavares and Eberle are locks to fill two of those. So we'll be alright without resurrecting the likes of Iginla, Thornton, or guys like that for one last go 'round with Team Canada.

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