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03-06-2013, 01:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Shawnofthedeadz View Post
I disagree. The Hurricanes or the Ducks were not much better than we are in the seasons they won the cup. Plus ducks got better immediately when the signed Niedermayer in the off season two years before and traded for Pronger. Before this point no one really considered the Ducks to be a contender.

All it takes for the Flames is one or two good trades / signings plus continued development from Backlund and Brodie and we could be the next Stanley cup champions.
You do realize that team had:

A. Two first ballot hall of fame defensemen, one being a four time cup winner and the other helping drag significantly weaker teams to the finals.
B. A goalie who won the Conn Smyth despite losing
C. One of the greatest scorers of all time in Selanne
D. A first line center in Andy McDonald (Something we still don't have)
E. Up and coming Getzlaf and Perry, plus a good Dustin Penner
F. The greatest shutdown line seen in the playoffs in probably the last decade+

So potentially we have B, though at his age its unlikely for Kipper. C yeah sure, but again, age is a factor. We're lacking the rest completely.

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