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10-09-2013, 10:03 PM
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Originally Posted by zarley zelepukin View Post
The 03-04 defense was deeper though. They had guys like Timander and Malakhov playing big minutes because of injuries and still were pretty good. And that team finished with a better ranking in GA/G in the regular season. I started following during the 97 season and I think the 04 team was the best one we've had since then overall. Hard to believe it was 10 years ago now.
That team also didn't have a cap to deal with. I'm not about to tear down our alumni to prove a point, but five of those regulars (Ragnarsson, Timander, Malakhov, Markov, and Desjardins) retired from the NHL within three years of our run. They were nowhere near the peak of their physical abilities, which is why the much younger Tampa squad came out on top. Collectively, they were better suited to stand up to the grind. (Plus, they didn't run into the kamikazee Leafs.) 2010 had Leighton to deal with.


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Originally Posted by Curufinwe View Post
Desjardins and Kimmo as Flyers are pretty similar to me.
Desjardins didn't play in our '04 playoff run. Even during the regular season he was showing his age.

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