I'm really not trying to bust your balls here, but just so I know what it is that you're optimistic about, would you mind throwing out a line combo so I can see what you see? Again, I'm really not trying to be a smart ass...I just want to follow you more accurately.
Any team with Datsyuk, Zetterberg and Helm down the middle and Howard in the net has a great shot of winning on any given night. We need a solid veteran D, a decent season from Smith, and good health on the back-end and we'll be fine.
We can't replace Lidstrom, so I won't even discuss that.
We're going to be harder to play against with Tootoo and Samulssen replacing Hudler.
I expect a better year from Franzen because of Tom Renney (players coach).
We actually have better balance up front with the addition of a bunch of RH'ers: Brunner, Sammuelsson and Tootoo.
Hopefully Eaves will be back because he'll help on the PK.
We have more speed with Brunner and hopefully Eaves back in the line-up.
I can go on... but for my money... we just have a different team now. We're not stacked like we have been for the past 15 years. But there's not a bad player in the lineup.
And if it doesn't work out, we still have a ton of cap-space to add some real firepower at the trade deadline. Or, if the cap drops significantly because of the new CBA, there will probably be some pretty good players available as teams like the Bruins, Wild, Cunucks, Sharks and so on have to shed salary.
Maybe I'm just an optimist... but I'm looking forward to next year.
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