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12-21-2003, 01:48 PM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Ranger fan in Philly
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CuJo, while not being the reason the Wings lost last year, let in his share of weak goals. He's not playing particularly well this year. He's old, and he will make $8 million next year.
He's been playing better as of late. If there is anyone on that team that hasn't performed this year it's Hasek. His price tag could lead to 3 things in a trade: a reduced price value-wise, cash coming back to pay part of the salary, or Detroit taking on a decent sized salary in return, or some combination of the 3. He's taken Oilers teams that had no business winning anything into first round upsets twice, and he's taken several Leafs teams that had piss poor bluelines deeper than they should have gone.
Kolzig had one good playoff year. In the 5 years since, he's won just 3 playoff games, and it isn't like his team was an underdog in all those series.
Actually, Kolzig has played in 3 playoff series since, and won 5 games. That's not a great record, but I think that the Caps do tend to be the underdogs. They get home ice advantage because they wind up taking the division, but more because there were no good teams in the division, and playing all those intradivision games boosts their record and makes them look better than they are. The Caps had no business putting 102 pts in a season in 2000, but they did because Atlanta put up 39 and Carolina put up 54. The Caps have never really put good teams in front of Kolzig, but he still has a career GAA of 2.14 and sv% of .930 in the playoffs.
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