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This Team Needs A Greybeard for the Playoffs

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Brian Trottier. Or maybe Gordie Howe I think he is still alive... Nah, we need em a bit younger - I'll bet Gretzky could still get a few assists on the 3rd line.

Or we could get more ridonkulous if u need to ;)

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Guys, if we had dressed Gordie Howe we totally would have won Game 7 because HE IS SO OLD. HE IS OLDER THAN RECCHI SO WE WOULD HAVE WON.

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Guys I found a few more teams that won the Cup with old dudes:

1955 - Red Wings - Gordie Howe (84 years old)

1959 Canadiens - Jean Beliveau (81)

1961 Blackhawks - Bobby Hull (74)

1962 - Maple Leafs - Frank Mahovlich (75)

1970 - Boston Bruins - Phil Esposito (70)

In fact, between 1955 and 1970 EVERY TEAM that won the Cup had a player older than 70 on it!! Guys it's obvious - we need to sign the surviving members of the 1972 Summit Series. Get 'er done, MG!!

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Sedins, Kesler, Higgins, Raymond, Hansen, Lappy, Edler, Bieksa, Ballard, Tanev, Luongo and Schnid all went to game 7 of the finals.. i think they have enough experience.

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jesus why didn't anyone think of this before.

no wonder we lost game 7 of the SCF.

we needed a silversack

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Why do we need a veteran?

Pretty much this exact team got to the Cup Finals already.

Our entire team is experienced and the Sedins keep calm.

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Trust me, it's not just a coincidence that all these veterans are winning more and more Cups while younger guys stay hungry. These guys are playoff performers and have built their reputation on playing their best hockey in the playoffs. Having a guy like that on any team boosts everyone around them.

It's not just a simple correlation, it's history and it's been repeating itself year after year.

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Someone said smyth... I'd like that. Whitney isn't happy in Edmonton. Could probably get him for next to nothing.

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Well traveled, grizzly veteran Stanley Cup experienced players are few and far between it seems. Yes. Jagr would be included in that category and would've been a great addition to a team like our 'Nucks, but he's with the Stars and that's that.

Seems nowadays that most greybeards are Europeans; Hejduk, Datsyuk, to name a couple. And the trend it seems is to stay loyal to the team that brought them success. By all appearances, they're not going anywhere. They've got their SC ring and to go searching for another with other teams probably isn't important after that.

Other than the players already mentioned in this thread, Chris Pronger, Rob Blake, Claude Lemieux, Marc Recchi, Brett Hull, Joe Nieuwendyk, have helped other teams to succeed in the post season. Of course, they're no longer playing.

The trend now seems to be to acquire high profile players; Mike Richards/Jeff Carter with LA, Ryan Sutter/Zach Parise with the Wild, Kessel/JVR/Phaneuf with TO, etc. Also it seems long term contracts are the norm as well for these younger star type players.

The business and culture of NHL hockey has definitely changed throughout the years. But the process of building a winning team still follows a formula that is still adhered to; a strong core of ones own drafted players supplemented with a mix of free agents and trades to compliment them.

Go Canucks!

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pretty much the same team but who is missing from the team that went to the finals? oh yeah the experienced and older guys maholtra samuelson and salo.

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What the team really needs is players who can step up their play in the post-season. Contrary to the whole "formula" thing proposed by Don Cherry, success comes through having a couple of clutch top offensive players who thrive in the heat of the moment plus a depth guy or two, who play bigger than they are and are able to get the job done in higher stakes, along with a goalie who gets hot at the right time.

I think if somehow the team could get Bergenheim (17 points in 23 playoff games) and Marcel Goc as part of any potential deal for Lu they could really be set for the playoffs. Sean Bergenheim, while somewhat small, really steps up his play. I also came across an article on advanced stats that really praises his ability to drive play from the defensive end of the ice against high levels of competition (http://thehockeywriters.com/overtime/marcel-goc-underrated/); it's really this kind of ability to drive opponents back and shut them down when it counts, plus the timely goal, that really gets the job done.

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