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02-08-2013, 11:03 AM
dave babych returns
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I think the bottom line is that this team is good enough to win (regular season, at least) games under adverse conditions.

Top pairing is a mess? Turns out the $4m guy on the bottom pairing is going to play his best games in a Canuck jersey.

Missing a 2nd line? Here comes a player back from a career threatening injury and another guy from the farm team to put up 7 goals in the first 9 games.

The teams offensive leaders are sputtering? Ho hum, the two best offensive forwards and best offensive defenseman have 8, 6 and 8 points through 10 games respectively.

One of your goaltenders is being outplayed by the other (which means he only has three wins and a shutout through five games)? Great, your backup is an All Star and between the two they'll allow 2 or fewer goals in 8 of 10 games.

Honestly I think if this team can get healthy and on a roll all at the same time they will be the deepest group in the league - and next year really will be about attempting to preserve as much of that depth as possible with fewer cap dollars to go around.

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