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07-02-2006, 07:50 PM
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Originally Posted by kingsfan25 View Post
IMO, as long as the core is strong, it shouldn't really make a difference if the team has a traditional #1...
Well,

a) The Kings core isn't strong enough. Though - obviously - at this stage if the Kings go anywhere it would be a lightning-in-a-bottle type run.

and

b) The results don't lie. Virtually every team who has won the Cup in recent memory has had (at least) one dominant #1 center. Yzerman, Fedorov, Staal, Sakic, Forsberg, Lemieux, Francis, Gretzky, Messier, Modano et al were all top-10 (or better) centers when their respective teams won the Cup.

The only real anomaly was New Jersey but they had bar none the world's best goaltender, two elite defenseman and played the most stifling hockey ever played up to that point. Frankly, the results are starkly in favour of the notion that - yes - a dominant center is a necessary ingredient to winning the Cup.

That said, I'm fine with Conroy for the time being. We aren't in a position to be a true contenders and giving Kopitar & Sully the opportunity to see important minutes is probably more important long term for the franchise. And Conroy is a good vet to have around. I have an inkling though that DL still intends on moving Conroy.

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