beerman wrote:columbia wrote:I would say the Detroit is the only model you should strive for if you want to WIN the Cup.
The Wings are even better now and the Pens - as of now - are not quite the team that lost in the finals. Of course the improvement of 4-5 key players could make up for that.
Having Kennedy - who would have been a tremendous asset on the 1981 squad - as a prominent 3rd liner is not the recipe for a cup winner. It seems obvious to me.
Detroit also has top players like Zetterberg and Franzen who are set to make 2.9 and 1.5 respectively this season. That makes it a hell of a lot easier to put together a really good 3rd line. Wait till those guys sign new deals and see what they put together on the 3rd line then.
think their 3rd line may include a cheap young prospect? hmmm....
and to the poster above...kennedy had a poor playoffs? how so? because he didn't score? he played with a well below average offensive center and wings who go from 3rd line to 4th line to healthy scratch.