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01-07-2013, 08:52 AM
Join Date: May 2007
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Last in the Atlantic. 12-15 in conference. Too much emphasis on division teams that isles are inferior against. Maybe ride some lightning in the short season but this team has too many holes and relying on hopes and dreams of players waiting to step up.
In the ATL Philly might implode based on its defense and goaltending. NJ usually finds a way to win.
Look at the cap hits and cash payouts of the isles vs the ATL teams. Huge disparity.
Without some significant moves before the puck drops, this sounds about right. Isles still need to fill a couple of spots to ice a full team, and what they do have isn't going to make any other team in the Atlantic shake in their skates. If they fill the open spots only at the bottom with callups or camp tryouts, then it's probably a 12-15 season. If they fill the open spots at the top somehow -- a big trade or something like that, then maybe they can do some damage. With a short season, how they start is that much more important, and this is a team that has been adrift by late November the past few seasons before turning it on a bit around the All Star break. If they start like that this time around, they're finished. The status of the D will be crucial too. Is Hamonic ready to go or not? Is Lubo staying in the KHL or coming over? There could be two huge holes on an already thin D depending on the answers to those questions.
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