This team is as good as it was 2 years ago if not better on paper. The players just have to live up to it and they will in time.
Is anyone but you taking that side in the argument? This team is not close to the team of two years ago.
No. It's the start of the season.
The " window" is closing.
Sedins are older and appear to be slowing down, at least so far.
Kesler is getting older and perhaps more brittle.
Raymond is proving to not be a top tier, top 6 forward.
An arguement could be made that Booth is not a top tier guy either.
Malhotra's devestating eye injury has turned him from solid 2 way 3rd line penalty killing center that was great on face-offs into a win the face- off and get off the ice specialist.
Lappierre(sp) seems to be sliding back towards the bad penalty at bad times player.
The power play breakout seems to be well known throughout the league and is thus less effective.
Higgins is off to a slow start.
That is most of the bad news.
Good news is:
Kassian has looked good, even though it is early.
Depth in goal and possible trade of a goalie can fill holes
The team is more experienced
defensive depth is better than in the past, with Tanev and Garrisson.
This is a key year and if the team fails in the play offs in may well be time to reload.
I'm just trying to observe two sides of the coin. If you guys read my post you'll clearly note I'm saying its time to trade Cory and win a damn cup.
This is what I don't want!!
Not Calgary... They're going to win now, AND in the future.