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04-02-2012, 07:21 AM
DROP THE PUCK
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Cup win or no cup win this teams talent is no way near 1993-1994 or the early 1970's. That is not a knock on this team. Its because the salary cap era has made it very hard to stock pile loads of experienced high priced players. In the 1970's you could have a team with 120 points and a team with 40 points. Those kind of point spreads dont happen in the salary cap era. Now even the horrible teams are around 65-70 points.
Nowadays a team doesnt have to be great to win a cup. You will rarely see a team win 2 in a row never mind 4-5 in a row. This team has great talent for todays NHL but it is not same level of talent as the 2 teams I mentioned. I dont think a team like the 1970's Habs with 8 hall of famers is possible in the salary cap era.
There's also no player monopolizing anymore. Canadian teams don't have a distinct advantage over American teams because of local and Provincial poaching rights anymore.
The entire Province of Quebec basically belonged to the Canadiens. They had entire junior leagues dedicated to feeding the Canadiens.
There was no free agency as we know it now.
Teams would buy players rights and offer them new contracts.
That's how Boucher became a Ranger. Coming from a defunct BC league. Conn Smythe bought Boucher, offered him a contract, which he almost turned down.
Same situation with most of the Rangers through their early history. They had their local poaching rights, but New York isn't a natural hockey hot bed.
The US teams (sans Boston) had a lot to overcome in the early years/decades of the NHL.
So, yes, its impossible to form and keep together a team full of hall of fame players. Especially with the salary cap with the way free agency markets go.
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