the toucan kid wrote:I admit it, I did a little dance...
So if Luongo comes back can we safely say this is the best squad in the history of the franchise? Granted proof is in the pudding, but tough to argue otherwise.
On paper it looks like no comparison... I would say the only team that we can really say was our best was the 1994 team. I'm not going to say the WCE core was our best team. Maybe they had more skill but if you only win one playoff round, you shouldn't get considered.
Back in 1994, we had really good depth up the middle at centre. Being strong up the middle includes your goaltender. Kirk McLean was at his peak in the 1994 playoffs even though his regular season was far from impressive. The 1994 team had Linden, Cliff Ronning, Murray Craven, and John McIntyre. We now have Sundin, Henrik Sedin, Kyle Wellwood, Demitra, Ryan Kesler, and Ryan Johnson although we won't use all of them as centres. That is a pretty impressive list and it doesn't include our future Hall of Fame goaltender, which rounds out our depth up the middle. I haven't made comparisons but that would have to be one of the best groups of centres that anyone has in the league.
It was said on TSN that they believe that Mike Gillis isn't done retooling our top six forwards even with the Sundin signing. It will be interesting to see who MG will go after from here on in. But with our new found depth up front at forward, our depth on defence and Luongo in net, all we might need to go deep in the playoffs would be good health and some bad luck for San Jose or Detroit.
38 years without a Stanley Cup and counting.