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05-11-2013, 07:52 PM
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Call it overconfidence or arrogance...but I'm fairly confident going into next year with this or something similar to this lineup:

Gagne/Akeson - Giroux - Voracek
Simmonds - Couturier - Schenn
Hartnell - Laughton - Read
Rinaldo - Holmstrom/Hall - Talbot

Timonen - Schenn
Gustafsson/Streit - Coburn
Gustafsson/PMD - Grossmann

Mason/Bryzgalov
Mason/Bryzgalov

We may not be Stanley Cup Champions, but I think that gives us a legitimate chance to compete with the East. Can that be a top 2 team in NHL? Maybe not, but definitely a top 4-8. As long as Couturier, Gustafsson and both Schenns continue to make strides, we will be a direct competitor. All you can ask for is a shot. People act like we should be Cup Contenders every year, but that's unrealistic. There are only ever 6-8 teams with a legit shot. We can definitely be one of those teams with our roster.

Believing that we won't make changes is definitely a mistake though. Something will happen this offseason. We're the Flyers, so it always does. However, if no changes are made, I'm confident we can hang with the best.

In all honesty, I'd trade the 11th and 41st or Cousins for Gardiner...

Gagne - Giroux - Voracek
Simmonds - Couturier - Schenn
Hartnell - Laughton - Read
Rinaldo - Hall - Talbot

Timonen - Schenn
Gardiner - Coburn
Gustafsson - Grossmann

Mason
Bryzgalov

I like that team.

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