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The defection of Alexander Mogilny to the Sabres will pay immediate dividends next year. We won't be as good as Montreal or Calgary; they are just too well-rounded. But we will be better than every other team.

Mogilny, Turgeon and Vaive will create the "International Connection." They will score with any line in the league. This will open things up for a super second line of Andreychuk, Tucker and Foligno, who will never see a checking line. We have Housley and Bodger making the plays, and we haven't even mentioned a third line, with Ruuttu and Sheppard.

Certainly, the mentioned players don't know the meaning of backchecking, but they don't need to. We still have the likes of Ramsey, Ledyard and Krupp, and our "goons," backed by excellent goaltending, to keep other teams off their game.

When the Sabres were the worst team in the league, our best talent would have been only on a second or third line on most other teams. With our two potential superstars, we could make the Stanley Cup finals next year. Thank you, Gerry Meehan; I think you're an excellent GM.

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