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10-27-2011, 01:17 AM
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
3) the talent pool in the 70s NHL wasn't actually better than before 1967. In fact, once the WHA came about, it was actually worse - spread out among 2 then 3 times as many teams.
I see no reason to believe the talent pool itself was worse. I am sure it got bigger/better from the 60s to the 70s, just like it did from the 70s to the 80s and so on. Yes, obviously it was very spread out, mainly thanks to the WHA and fast expansion. This just means that the worst players were at an all-time low in terms of skill but should not affect the number of players worthy of an ATD/MLD.

your other two reasons are bang on though.

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