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05-13-2012, 10:50 AM
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Originally Posted by macavoy View Post
Teams have won cups when their prime players are still on RFA contracts. Then when on to have cap troubles once their core was making the big money.
There is some truth in here, as the best teams often have very good players on bargain contracts. I think you miss the next logical conclusion - that these teams are contenders because those bargain contracts allow them the cap/budget room to add or retain top players who are paid close to their value. Those players don't grow on trees. If we trade Subban, Pacioretty and Price in order to lower the average age of the team and get cheaper, what's the next step? To try to find players of Price, Subban and Pacioretty's caliber who are willing to come here as UFA's or trade for them.

The strategy isn't simply to trade everyone over 21 when you're no good. It's to identify a core and to move non-core players when there are cheaper alternatives available.

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