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01-16-2013, 06:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Kaibur View Post
Some of the teams that missed the playoffs are much improved. So who misses the playoffs? Our top scorer is gone and we were already struggling to score. We're hoping that Sullivan, Boedker, Vermette & Johnson can make up the difference. But if you go from Langkow & Gordon to Gordon & Chipchura, I don't think we're going to make up that difference. And the season is short enough that if a key guy, say Hanzal, gets injured for any stretch, you can throw in the towel. I do not want the 12th pick overall.
Sure losing Whitney hurts our forward core, but I think with Moss, Sullivan and maybe another forward we get via free agency or trade we'll make the playoffs like the last few seasons considering Tippett managed to coach this team to 107 points without Whitney. Additionally Vrbata is still a very skilled goal scorer without Whitney since he managed to put up 24 & 27 goals in the past without Whitney so it's not like he was completely dependant on the wizard to generate offense.

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