Thread: Proposal: Habs - Devils
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05-03-2013, 08:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Zajacs Bowl Cut View Post
what are you basing the fact that we'll be worse than 22nd in the league on? do you expect Kovalchuk or Brodeur to miss a month+ again?
-Brodeur almost retired a year ago, and will be 41 next season IF he plays next season. You don't think his days as a legitimate #1 goalie might be behind him? Especially over an 82 game season?
-There's a decent chance Clarkson leaves via free agency. Not to mention Zidlicky, Zubrus, etc are also UFAs
-Elias is 37 (and also a UFA, but I'd be surprised if he left), do you think it's likely he'll be putting up ~75 points again? It could happen, but it's fairly likely we'll see a decline compared to his historical level of play
-There aren't the prospects in place to replace or upgrade on the aging players/players who could leave in free agency.

So like I said, IF NJ strikes out on free agency, my expectation is that they will finish in a similar spot, potentially lower.

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