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11-28-2012, 10:33 AM
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The good news is that for as much as everything gelled at the right time for this team last year, which allowed us to get deep into the playoffs, we are not even at our peak yet. We've gotten better in the offseason with the acquisition of Nash and the further development of our young players. Dubinski and AA had maxxed out, most likely, and so they won't be missed just as soon as other young guys come down the pipeline such as Miller, Lindberg, and Fasth.

That could be this year or in future years. We are primed to be a strong cup contender for a while. And with Nash in the fold, even if we lose Gaborik, we have the assets to make another trade for a top line forward if we have to. Plus with Kreider and Stepan developing, and with the young defensive core and a dominant Lunquist, we are in good shape.

If a healthy Sauer comes back, well, we are gonna be just a very, very tough team to beat in a 7 game series.

It should be us and Pittsburgh at the top of the east for a few years.

Frankly my biggest concern is that the cap screws us.

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