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12-11-2011, 04:41 PM
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Originally Posted by californiahockey View Post
A young players dream is going to a franchise that seriously wants the team to succeed.


Kane-Blackhawks <---------- These are examples of (crappy) teams that a player

Stamkos-Lightning would want to be the face of. NOT THE MIGHTY DUCKS

Crosby- Penguins

Nugent-Hopkings/Hall - Oilers
The Capitals tanked for Ovechkin and were a HORRIBLE team when they got him. GMGM had a storied history of assembling teams that choked in the playoffs and making bad Coaching hires. Still does, actually. They have an owner willing to spend to win, but the Caps were never a free agent destination of choice prior to Ovechkin.

The Blackhawks were one of the worst run franchises in the NHL prior to the elder Wirtz passing away. Period. Free agents wouldn't sign there without a ludicrous overpayment (see Brian Campbell). Star players were mistreated and traded away (See Roenick, Belfour, Chelios, Amonte, etc etc etc)

The Lightning was a joke. Joke ownership, mismanaged cap and overpaid stars preventing team depth. Not a free agent destination at all. How you can insinuate they were a preferred team for a young player is beyond me.

And the Penguins had no money, no stars, no arena, and nothing but relocation talks prior to Crosby. No free agents or kids because, well, they sucked and had no money. Kids aren't keen on going to teams with no future just because they won some cups about the same time the kid was born and nothing since.

Kariya should be up there, but current ownership owes him nothing, so I doubt it will happen.

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