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10-24-2013, 07:21 PM
Big Phil
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He was turning 38 that year as well. MacInnis was going to be 39 in 2002 as it was and he was still good enough to make the team. They wanted to bring in youth on the team as well and they had enough young defensemen in the mold of Redden, Jovanovski, Morris and Brewer to choose from. Foote who was a Team Canada stalwart had just played brilliantly in 2001 when Colorado won the Cup and he could easily fill in the defensive role.

In 1998 Stevens was on the Olympic team. In 2000 had their been a World Cup he's there as well. But two years after that? This is when Niedermayer was starting to finally surpass him as the better defenseman and he made more sense on the team. They wanted speed on the team as well, something lacking in 1998.

In the end, the 2002 defense looked like:
Pronger, Blake, MacInnis, Foote, Niedermayer, Jovanovski and Brewer

No one really complained at that time.

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