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02-22-2013, 12:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Hull Fan View Post
I meant this season. The past is done and obviously wasn't enough but several here thought they'd be good enough to fight for a spot and scrape in. I've been doubtful because of the defense and so far they haven't given any indication of life otherwise.
You see any drastic change in the defensive construct this year compared to seasons past? I certainly don't. It's the usual suspects, with a little youth mixed in...that's all.

If anything, people thought their PP woes would be solved by the additions of Jagr and Whitney and that alone could be the "good enough" factor, but that hasn't really helped at all and obviously, not enough.

My question is does anyone still have real hope and legit reasoning behind it?
Not really. They're not going to be a playoff team with the current status-quo on the blueline that lacks a legitimate first pairing- something that will not be addressed this off-season. They could possibly squeak in at the 8th spot and get bounced in round 1 in 4-5 games at best.

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