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01-28-2011, 11:00 AM
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Sure, they'd probably do that if a GM that was that *ing stupid came along... but, as said, I can pretty much guarantee you that isn't going to happen. They'll get a pick and that's about it for a player of Cole's age/value on an expiring deal.
It's a business man... and for a lot of these teams, making the playoffs is the difference between making money and not making money. It also has a huge impact on the team's ability to sell itself heading into the next season. STHs are far more likely to re-up and/or sign on if it's a "playoff team" they're buying tickets for.
Making the playoffs is a really really big deal. The Canes aren't exactly falling off the map into the lottery, so might as well go for it. However, you are right that there are no guarantees... so it would make sense for them to stand pat rather than being aggressive in acquiring assets.
I know it is a business and these owners are very well off even with their losses from their hockey teams. Of course they dont want to lose $. The bigger picture overall is more important in this case, not all though as some owners want to make the playoffs regardless.
How many season tickets are they really going to lose if they donít make the playoffs but came close? Not enough to make a diff imo. Well a playoff team that is one and done doesnít have that much selling value to me. Sell the future and what you intend to do to add to the team to make them a playoff team next season, that sells if your fans really follow the team
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