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04-22-2013, 11:38 AM
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To be a serious contender, a team must have a fairly elite core of players, consisting of 4 forwards, two top d-men, and a goalie. They then need 2 pretty decent top 6 forwards, and 2 decent d-men to round out the top 4 d-men.

Calagry has little of that right now. Giardano can fill one of the top 4 d-men positions. Brodie might one day be a core player, but he's not now. Sven might eventually be a core player, but he's miles form that now. And Backlund might be a top 6 guy but is likely never to be a core player.

If you look at Chicago's model, Calgary is short a Toews, Kane, Hossa, Sharp, Keith and Seabrook. They are also short a Bolland, Saad, Hjammerson and Leddy.

We have a long way to go to be an elite contender.

It would be sure nice to win the lottery.

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