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01-09-2013, 07:26 AM
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Originally Posted by bowline View Post
My point is simple. The available talent to the US Jr. Team for the 2003-04 team would have
been challenging competition to the 2005 Canada team. You Canadians just cant accept
that even your 2005 "Dream" team could be challenged by my 2004 US team.

The US team built around Howard, Suter, Buff, Parise, Kesler, Brown, Backes & Booth
would stand up to 2005 Canada well.

In fact the US team that won gold and beat the guts of your 2005 team was a mix of an A and
B US team.
You would be more credible if you did not generalize a whole country.

This debate should start and end with what happened on the ice but if you want to play the "what if" game....

The 04 US team was your A team. There were no players that were not eligible to play because of commitments to their club team. The fact that a few players who developed into better NHL players is irrelevant. If you want to get into the "what if" game, there are plenty of other versions of Team Canada that would have been better than the 04 US team based simply on the fact that players who did not play were "too good" for the team, not because they were borderline like the four you mentioned were missing from the 04 team.

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