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04-04-2013, 04:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Ace Rothstein View Post
Any GM in hockey who is at the place the Hawks are at who is worried about a single prospect going to a team where Dallas as it and being used against them should not be an NHL GM, unless they are trading a Kane or Stamkos. Dallas won't be competing with the Hawks for at least the next 5 years.
Oh I'm not so sure about that. With realignment, it appears that Chi, Minn, and Stl will have the inside track to the playoffs for a few years, but among Dal, Nash, Win, and Col, I would say Dal is the most likely to see the #4 spot over the others (maybe tied with Nashville). That puts them in direct competition with the Hawks.

edit: forgot about the wildcard - I still see Dallas as direct competition because with the heavy conference schedule, I don't see too many situations where the #5 team in the Pacific (whatever it will be called) will beat out the #4 in the Central (whatever it will be called).

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