Operating in the Era of a Falling Salary Cap
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06-22-2009, 06:22 PM
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In my opinion that is one of the biggest difference between fans on my side of the fence and fans on your side. I think the Kings really need to make a serious push before Doughty, Simmonds, Moller, Hickey and Bernier are looking at their next contracts. So that would mean the Kings need to be serious contenders before 2011-12. If the Kings miss the playoffs in 2009-10 do you think they can go from missing the playoffs to Cup contender in 2 years? It is possible but highly unlikely. I think it will be much easier for Dean to get these players to sign for hometown discounts if they are already fighting for a top spot in the Western Conference before their entry level contracts expire.
By serious, I assume you mean Stanley Cup favorites in two seasons?
No, I don't see that happening, but they need to at least be in the playoff hunt right until the bitter end this coming season and making the playoffs would be better.
I would hope that by the 2013 playoffs they are capable of going to the conference finals at least. It took a long time for the Blackhawks to get where they are now.
Guys like Keith (4 full NHL seasons + 2 full seasons in the AHL), Barker (a full season in the NHL, and parts of two others, 3 full seasons as a pro), Seabrook (4 full NHL seasons), and Sharp (8 full seasons as a pro) make up a big part of their core and give you a pretty good idea of how long it might take.
Obviously Kane and Toews have less experience, but even those two very high picks took some time to break in.
What does Johnson have? 1 1/2 seasons as a pro. Doughty? 1 season. Sure Brown has been around longer, but he is still very young and he isn't exactly on the same level as Toews or Kane, Kopitar may be soon if he learns how to bust his butt.
I'm just trying to point out that if you're insisting on the sky being the limit in two more years, it probably isn't going to happen.
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