sad day for me as a long time habs fan
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02-28-2012, 11:40 AM
Et le But
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Location: New York
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Then what about NJ?
What about Carolina? Tampa Bay?
The league is chalk full of these examples.
The NHL has turned into a freaking lottery, the vast majority of teams are pretty much equal. A couple moves there, a couple move here and you could fall from the top to the bottom or vice versa.
BTW, you don't make roster shakeups on deadline day IMO, both because of lack of willing trading partners and inordinate values on players.
If anything there's more example of teams having terrible seasons and rebounding than there are teams who sucked for so long that they became powerhouses because of their draft picks in recent years.
The league has far too much parity right now to expect kids to thrive on team that's going to be awful for the next 4 years. Chicago and Pittsburgh lucked out, Washington never went anywhere, Florida has only started to put it together for the first time since the 90s, while the Oilers and Islanders still can't even make the playoffs.
Right now there's only 3 teams that aren't serious competition, the rest of the league is so close that one bad move - such as replacing your coach with a guy over his head before a road trip, is the difference between a playoff team and a lotto team.
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