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07-20-2006, 05:17 PM
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Too early to make bets like that ... a lot of those teams will be going through major changes.

Detroit is missing its starting goaltender and handful of other players.

New Jersey will almost certainly lose Gomez, Gionta or something else.

Buffalo has half of their team in arbitration - could hurt team chemistry in addition to losing some key people aswell.

Vancouver is almost maxed out with only dozen roster players missing couple defencemen and right wingers for 1st and 2nd lines.

Tampa Bay - outside starting lineup they will have terrible team.

After Ryder signs Habs will be the first team to have complete 23 man roster - there are only handful or few teams that are complete with some depth (Calgary, Carolina, Colorado and Dallas). I'm confident Habs can take most teams in the list above.

But ... if I was betting man, I'd put my money on Minnesota with those odds.

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