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09-11-2010, 11:10 AM
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It's not necessarily a bad situation. GM's need to be careful. Even teams that do go for it--like Philly and Chicago last year find themselves shedding key veterans not able to keep their teams together because of cap issues. Even having elite players I don't think it's possible anymore for a team to become dominant for any length of time like the 70's Canadiens teams or the 80's Islander and Oiler teams. You've always got to have quality young players coming in. Even if your team does not win in that window the next several years should be fun for your fans to watch.
My read is that McPhee feels like he has nothing to lose by playing for the long run. He can wait for Carlson, Alzner, Johansson, Varlamov and Neuvirth to fully develope at the NHL level.
While the Caps failed to win the Cup the past two years they had a reasonable chance at winning the cup in both seasons. They very well could have been a couple of goals away from the finals in both cases(1 OT goal in game 3vs Pitt and at anytime v Montreal).
They lost but they remain a contender each season while at the develope 4 or 5 young impact players. You could make a case that they had the best record in the NHL last season with one arm tied behind their back.
Now, this method could utterly fail. Only time and more hockey will tell.
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