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10-21-2004, 03:50 PM
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Originally Posted by NYIsles1
You want to give the Oilers credit that's fine, they were good enough to win a cup in either conference, but the road and quality of opponents to the finals after the conference playoffs were reinstated were far different for East and West. Would the Islanders in 84 or Philadelphia in 85 had enough to defeat Edmonton if they had Winnipeg, Vancouver and Calgary in the early rounds as opposed to Boston, Rangers, Montreal.

I think so. I have no doubt Edmonton would have had to go thru a harder grind to get into a final. No way they would have won five cups.
I'm still not buying your point, at all

look at the Standings from 1984-85 as an example. can you tell me how the Rangers were a tougher opponent than the Flames, Jets or Canucks?

look I agree with you, in the 1970s the Western based teams were not strong, but by the 1980s there were some strong teams emerging in the West, --for example Calgary, that were every bit the equal of many teams in the East

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