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05-01-2013, 10:49 AM
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I'd like this article better if it was written after last years season.

Going into Last Year:
We need a #1 dman (now have Justin Faulk)
We need an Elite Winger for Staal (now have Semin) (and Tlusty?)
We need a legit #2 Center (now have Jordan Staal)
We need a legit backup goalie (Dan Ellis)

The Problems we now see we need to fix:
#4,7,8,9,10 Dmen need to be better
#3 Goalie needs to be better
4 Bottom 6 Forwards who can contribute literally anything.

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There is a reality that is quite easy to imagine, where Justin Peters doesn't play in 19 games, our D stays just a little bit healthy, and we easily make the playoffs.

I understand that contingencies are JR's responsibility, and I think they were poorly planned. But for most teams in the NHL, 'what happens if you lose both your goalies for extended periods of time, and at the same time are so beat up on defense, you have to call up a kid from Juniors?' the answer is 'we start losing a lot of games.'

As frustrating as the failure of depth was this last year, the core group going forward is all you could ask for.

Staal/Staal/Tlusty/Semin/Ruutu/Skinner/Faulk/Gleason/Ward

For those of us who remember what this team looked like when even a little healthy, when they were beating up on Pittsburgh, NJ, Ottawa, and the Isles, there's plenty of reason for real optimism.

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