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View Poll Results: Who will win the Stanley Cup in 2004?
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 1 9.09%
Atlanta Thrashers 0 0%
Boston Bruins 1 9.09%
Buffalo Sabers 0 0%
Calgary Flames 1 9.09%
Carolina Hurricanes 0 0%
Chicago Blackhawks 0 0%
Colorado Avalanche 3 27.27%
Columbus Blue Jackets 0 0%
Dallas Stars 0 0%
Detroit Red Wings 3 27.27%
Edmonton Oilers 0 0%
Florida Panthers 0 0%
Los Angeles Kings 0 0%
Minnesota Wild 0 0%
Montreal Canadiens 0 0%
Nashville Predators 0 0%
New Jersey Devils 1 9.09%
New York Islanders 0 0%
New York Rangers 0 0%
Ottawa Senators 1 9.09%
Philadelphia Flyers 0 0%
Pheonix Coyotes 0 0%
Pittsburgh Penguins 0 0%
San Jose Sharks 0 0%
St. Louis Blues 0 0%
Tampa Bay Lightning 0 0%
Toronto Maple Leafs 0 0%
Vancouver Canucks 0 0%
Washington Capitals 0 0%
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Old 09-14-2003, 12:05 PM   #1
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Default NHL Predictions 03|04: Cup Champs

Use this thread to voice who you think will win the Cup this year, and other issues and topics going into the 2003-2004 NHL season.
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Old 09-14-2003, 01:47 PM   #2
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This is going to be a strange year.... G.B. and B.G. haven't started talking about the new CBA, and if they don't start by the All-Star Break at the LATEST, it probably won't get worked out by 12:00AM, September 15, 2004.

My 20th birthday, September 14, 2004, will be a day to remember if a new CBA isn't signed -- the last time we may see world class hockey in North America for a few months or a year, with the Gold Medal Game of the World Cup of Hockey being played in Toronto (so now you all know what you can get me for my 20th birthday ).

Before that, however, there will be a full NHL season to play. With an inevitable work stoppage on the rise, it is only fitting that two Canadian teams play in the Stanley Cup Finals this year, and the two teams with the best chance from last year have an even better chance this year, with more experience under their belt form extended playoff runs in 2003: the Ottawa Senators and the Vancouver Canucks.

Perhaps it is a LOT of wishful thinking, as Cloutier needs to play a little better in the playoffs, and the Sens need a little more fire power up front in the postseason, but it would be ideal if these two teams faced off versus each other for the first all-Canadian Stanley Cup Finals since 1989.

Whether the Canucks can finally put it all together this year for a Western Conference Championship or not, I am going with the Ottawa Senators to bring home Lord Stanley of Preston's Challenge Cup back to the Dominion of Canada, where it should have stayed all these past 110 years. I don't even care if it is the Toronto Maple Leafs, I just hope the 111th winner of the Stanley Cup is North of the 49th parallel.



.....even though Toronto is technically well below the 49th parallel .
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Old 09-14-2003, 03:03 PM   #3
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I think either the Mighty Ducks or the Av's will win the cup. And possibly Ottawa , but I'll stick to the first two I said .
They are the dominent teams in the NHL right now !!!
Does any-one agree with me ???
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Old 09-14-2003, 03:39 PM   #4
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No.

No Kariya, Oates, or Thomas... yes, they have Giguere and Fedorov and Sykora and Chistov and a great coach... but they don't have enough skill and talent. Last year was one in a million, that both the Wild and Ducks made it past some great teams. But the Wings and Avs and 'Nucks will prevail. Wait and see.
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Old 09-14-2003, 06:54 PM   #5
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the avalanche are for sure gonna win it. Wht don't you have them up there on that vote. They've got selanne and kariya. they got forseberg.they have everyone.
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Old 09-15-2003, 02:11 AM   #6
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I'll take Fedorov and Prospal over Kariya and Oates any day of the week.

I always sound so biased when I pick Detroit, but honestly...I love their chances this year. Hasek returning put's them over the top imo, and with the signing of Hatcher and the value we can get back from Joseph will be good enough for another strong playoff run. They have enough defensive power to shut down Colorado but it won't be easy. I see the Ducks and Canucks being pesky and messing around with alot of teams as well. As for the East, in a cakewalk the Sens will take it...bar none. I'll take Detroit and Ottawa, with Detroit winning it out in 6.
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Colorado and New Jersey will go 7 games and Colorado pulls it out.

Lacroix isn't stupid and I just can't see the Avs making it to the all star break with Aebischer as their starter. At some point the Avs will make a move similar to '95 when they got Roy. Chances are the goalie will be Joseph or Khabibulan. The Avs are too good in every other aspect that may even be able to win the Cup with Aebischer between the pipes but as I said I doubt he will make it that far.

My sleeper pick is the Canucks. Besides Cloutier between the pipes they are a very strong team up front and on the blueline.
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Old 09-16-2003, 08:51 AM   #8
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I think it will be the New Jersey Devils vs. Colorado Avalanche. NJ Devils in 7 games.

The Devils will be the top defensive team in the NHL and Colorado will be the best offensive team. But the difference maker in this series will be Martin Brodeur. Brodeur can literally take over a series...
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It will be the Boston Bruins vs. Vancouver Canucks. Boston in 6.
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Flames vs Rangers.

Flames in 4

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Haha.

More realistic would be Flames VS Penguins.
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The only team in the NHL with any real talent is the Av's. With the collective bargaining agreement coming in the next season no team wants to pick up any significant salaries that would count against a salary cap. Except for, the Av's.

To show how backwards the NHL is Curtis Joseph, one of the best goalies in hockey, goes through waivers because he demands a high contract.
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The Avs, if anything, DECREASED their payroll this season!!!! They lost Roy's 8 million and whatever money deVries made (one or two million) and brought in Kariya and Selanne for $2 million TOTAL!!!!!!!!!! and, for the last time, CuJo does not DEMAND a high contract -- the Red Wings WILLINGLY signed him to one for even less money than Toronto was offering CuJo. Now it is their problem to deal with that contract, and not CuJo's fault at all.
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