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03-31-2012, 12:48 AM
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Originally Posted by SnowblindNYR View Post
What was the Devils' payroll in the early 2000s? Because I don't think they were a team that was taking advantage of the lack of salary cap and they almost won 3 in 4 years in the early 2000s.
Almost, but game 7 against Colorado was not close. Anyway, those Devils teams never had the truly elite-level forwards it would've taken to be a dynasty. I wouldn't blame that on free agency so much because those guys rarely hit the market. They just never drafted someone of that caliber up front (granted the mid through late 90s drafts were not exactly loaded with forward talent). It's true they played a defensive system, but I can't think of a single dynasty that didn't have at least one truly great forward.

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