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02-04-2013, 08:46 AM
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Originally Posted by McNuts View Post
Yes they are. They had 3 lines that could score (just like the Habs), they did have Eric Staal and Rod Brind'Amour, who were better than anyone on the Habs, but overall their offense was better but not much better.

Their defensemen were actually weaker. They had a very average, if not lower than average, defense. And their goalie was hot at the time, which Price is also capable of.

"Not close", I don't think so
Staal and Brind'Amour were much much better than anything we had though. We haven't got a forward even close to the levels these two were playing at. Replace Plekanec with a high level Brind'Amour and Pacioretty with what now seems to have been a prime Staal and the team is much better all of a sudden. You're talking about these two as if they made no difference.

Our defense is weak after Markov, Gorges and Subban. Hedican and Walin were pretty damn good defensive dmen and Kaberle was very good offensively. I think you forgot how goood that team was because many of their players have sharply declined from how they were back then or are retired. They were 4th in their league and 2nd in their conference in pts. It was a pretty damn good team. Not a Stanley Cup winner at first glance but they were much stronger than what we have on ice now.

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