Our 2 first lines:
V. Filppula ---> 28 years old, good / decent player at best.
H. Zetterberg ---> 31 years old very good / elite at his best.
J. Hudler ---> 28 years old, okay / good at best.
J. Franzen ---> 32 years old, good / decent player at best.
P. Datsyuk ---> 33 years old, elite / elite at his best
D. Cleary ---> 33 years old, okay / good at his best
^^^ We're not too old on offense but we're not young, nor hungry for another run ... and it will keep getting worst. Cleary unfortunately shouldn't even be on a top two line. Franzen - Datsyuk - Zetterberg are all getting a year older, how long will they keep carrying this team on there back?
Filppula & Hudler ...second line players at best, they just don't have that elite level to help this team win another cup.
Bertuzzi is @ 37 ... we're just going to see decrease in his game.
Cleary should not be resigned and be replaced by Miller when his contract runs out.
Helm Abdelkader Emmerton ... will never be that top 2 line players but they are excellent in that role and thank god they are young.
Nyquist looks talented, hope Tatar makes the team next year as well.
Worried on defense tho ... Stuart is good as gone this year. Looks like this will be Lidstrom's last year. His injuries are taking longer to recover and his scoring touch has declined this year. Age has caught up with our captain which is really sad.
I have no idea what's going to happen on defense after this year ... really scares me seeing this team going into next season with:
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Every other team in the playoffs this year is young and very hungry and I just don't see use competing at there level.
We are missing an elite sniper that could find the back of the net & we will be missing an elite defense after this year.
All tho, a lot of people will hate what I'm going to say ... but it's not the first time that I've said this on LGW and it will not be the last time either but ...
This team will never win a Stanley cup with Jimmy Howard! ... Would love to see him win tho don't get me wrong I love the kid but I just don't see it happening.
Edited by KrazyGangsta, 18 April 2012 - 12:47 AM.