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01-30-2013, 06:01 AM
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Morris Wanchuk
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Originally Posted by smithformeragent View Post
Salary cap casualty.

I'm sure they would have much rather had Ryder back over the like of Benoit Pouliot or Chris Bourque, but when you're up against the cap coming off of a cup win in one year, and unsure of the cap in a lock out year you don't have much choice.

Which begs the question, how long can a balanced attack based on three scoring lines be successful? I suppose that depends on the organization's ability to replenish the NHL roster with young, cheap talent. If they can't sill the holes, then you no longer have the deep team like the one that won a cup and you become very ordinary.
I still think they were banking on Eric Cole and over judged what he would get in the open market.

A Peverley-Kelly-Cole line would be everything Clode wanted from the 3rd line.

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