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12-26-2012, 12:03 AM
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Originally Posted by fimoknete View Post
actually i would keep him in the team. i guess he just needs a spark.

season 09/10 was the first one with earlie exits. the team was to weak to compete after this for 3(maybe 4) years now.

since then we lost/replaced these top players quality/role wise:

rafalski/none (playmaker defense)
draper/darren helm (shut down expert)
holmstrom/samuelsson (45 points)
Lidstrom/none (hockey god)
Osgood/Howard +improvement
Brad Stuart/quincey (shutdown Defense) --step down
Hudler/none (maybe brunner)

ian white (dont know where to put him without lidstrom)
brendan smith (maybe a 3rd pairing defense at the moment)

so we would still have to replace rafalski, lidstrom, stuart and hudler from 2009/10 to get even in quality.
but even then we would need to improve because we weren't really good by then.

in addition to that datsyuk took a step back, so did zetta. soon we have to replace them both. i dont see ken holland replace any of these but we will figure that our.

but before i would trade franzen we would need upgrades for bert, samuelsson, quincey, white, cleary and abdelkader.
thats a lot for a gm who couldnt even land a top FA in 3 years.
I don't think either Pavs or Hank took a step back last year. Z had a terrible start then finished strong andDatsyuk was competing for the scoring title before surgery. But you did make some good points onwhat we need to improve upon.

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