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07-20-2006, 11:18 PM
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Originally Posted by toshiro View Post
Even with the geriatric squad eg Whitney, Wesley Brindamour(5 year deal)
Well, it isn't exactly Logan's Run where a player is killed when he reaches age 35, so those players are still effective players. Ray Whitney is 34 which is hardly too old to contribute in a scoring role as long as he's able. He doesn't play a physical game, so as long as he doesn't lose his speed and offensive creativity he should do fine. Rod Brind'Amour just had his best offensive season of the past five years and looks rejuvenated. He won the Selke trophy this year as the best defensive forward, so even if his offensive production drops off you could expect a Mike Peca like downside to him as he ages. Glen Wesley will no longer be looked upon to play a Top 4 role with this squad. In fact, some even think there is a possibility he plays the 7th defenseman role with the team next year.

It would be wise to not underestimate the value of capable veteran players on your team. The three month break they're going to have between this season and next season, with any luck, not age them to the point they will be deemed useless.

Carolina understands the fact that in a salary cap world, you have a window of about five to seven years to be an effective contender before you have to start another "rebuild" type scenario. The fact that they're utilizing their veterans to help their cause along doesn't hurt them for at least another two years. I don't remember the last time that a team full of players 25 and under won a Stanley Cup together. It takes all kinds. Carolina has more impact forwards Under 30 than they do over 30.

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