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01-19-2013, 12:40 PM
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How long our window stays open depends on a lot of things that we won't really know until this season progresses a bit.

How many years of PPG production to the Sedins have left in them? Their style of play does not depend upon speed and their conditioning is usually excellent. They do however take a lot of abuse. Personally I think it all depends upon how the NHL enforces its own rules. If they continue the trend towards letting the clutch and grab, interference infractions to go un-punished, the Sedins production may decline faster. If they reassert the 2005 post lockout enforcement standards the Sedins could play at a high level for another 3 - 5 years.

Can Kesler continue to take the pounding he takes game in, game out? He had wrist surgery - how good is his shot going to be? He has had hip/labrum, shoulder and wrist surgeries - not to mention a broken jaw courtesy of Jesse Boulerice and several broken fingers. His body has a lot more miles on it than the average 28 year old.

Can Mason Raymond bounce back? Can Kassian step up to the next level? If so, it takes a lot of offensive pressure of the Sedins and Kesler.

Can Jordan Schroeder be an everyday top 6 forward? He has the tools and work ethic, can he do it at the NHL level?

How good is Nicklas Jenssen?

What piece or pieces are we getting in return for Roberto Luongo?

I think we will have an answer to all of these questions in about 10 - 15 games.

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