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09-19-2003, 11:51 AM
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---I'm not sure I'm seeing how contracting Buffalo, Calgary and Florida is going to get New Jersey, Anaheim and Ottawa to stop playing the defensive systems that they play.
the reason is that it would increase the talent level in the league...some teams play defense-first because it wins but other teams play defense-first because that is the only way they can survive. the dilusion of talent due to overexpansion has put a number of guys in the nhl who shouldn't be in the nhl and as a result they are forced to clutch and grab to keep up...
but if you eliminate 5 teams, you would then remove the 115 worst players in the league...just imagine if you could get rid of every 4th line and every 3rd pair defensemen and then replace them with top 9 forwards and top 4 dmen how much it would increase the talent level...and atleast in theory as each of the surviving teams gets more and more talent they won't be forced to clutch and grab to survive
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