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One little piece of overlooked fallout from last week's Erik Cole deal: Rod Brind'Amour and Niclas Wallin are the only players remaining from the 2002 Eastern Conference championship team.

(Technically, David Tanabe is the third, but "buyout pending" keeps him off the list.)

In addition to Cole, Glen Wesley and Bret Hedican have also left the team this summer, while Craig Adams left during the season.

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And do Cullen and Babchuk count?

Since they haven't really been on the team continuously since the Cup?

how about 2005-06

Besides Brind'Amour and Wallin, who's still around from the Stanley Cup team?

Kaberle, Cullen, Williams, Staal, Whitney, Cam Ward, Babchuk, and Larose.

Assuming Kaberle leaves soon, that's just nine from the Cup team.

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Luke has worked for The N&O since 2000. He covered the Carolina Hurricanes and the NHL before becoming a sports columnist in August 2008. A native of Evanston, Ill., he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. He can be reached at (919) 829-8947, @LukeDeCock on Twitter or luke.decock@newsobserver.com.
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