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05-22-2009, 01:30 PM
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Case in point for the Red Wings: the 2002 draft was supposed to rival other not-so-vaunted drafts as one of the worst ever. The Red Wings didn't have a 1st round pick and somehow managed to come up with 5 players from the draft. They also came up with a whole bunch of Swedish players during a time when the Swedish Junior system was thought to be subpar to countries like Slovakia and Switzerland (teams who regularly did better in international junior tournaments).

Drafting and coaching. All the way up the ladder. They get coaches to death and they spend a minimum of 2 years in the AHL, no matter who they drafted or where they were drafted.

The lockout -- what was wrong about a little fiscal responsibility? Why does it need to be dictated? If 27 owners just worried financial control and not giving in to having to give guys outrageous contracts because the market dictated it, there wouldn't have been a problem. There may be a market, but it's still on their dime, they chose to spend it. More owners have been a bit more conservative in the big contracts after the lockout and deliberately not spending to the cap because they don't want to.

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