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01-31-2013, 03:45 PM
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The team after 2006-07

The five years since have obviously been pretty tough, but I often look back on that roster and wonder what happened. That team should have been able to continue winning. Look what they had to build around (ages for 07/08 season):

1. Maybe the best young C depth in the league:
Spezza (24)
Fisher (27)
Vermette (25)
Kelly (27)

2. Two elite wingers:
Heatley (27)
Alfredsson (35)

3. 3/6ths of a very solid D-core:
Meszaros (22)
Volchenkov (25)
Phillips (29)

4. A solid support cast including:
Neil (28)
Eaves (23)
Foligno (20)

We'll probably never know what happened with Heatley, but that is a solid core of players, and all but Alfredsson on the right side of 30. Off the top of my head, the only team currently set up better at C both short and long-term than that team is Pittsburgh.

It really is a shame what happened to that group. I wonder what could have fixed it. A legit #1 goalie? Rounding out the D with 6 solid guys?

Anyway, no real point to the thread other than thinking out loud.

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