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05-25-2012, 02:51 PM
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James Mirtle with another interesting article today. This one is about the importance of spending money in the NHL to be successful.

He says the CBA has created three groups of teams: the spenders, those trying to get to the point they can compete with the big money teams, and the teams that are just trying to make sure they are receiving revenue sharing from the league.

Based on the last 3 years, this is how those groups fell into place:

Big spenders ($171-million or more): Philadelphia, Vancouver, Calgary, Pittsburgh, Washington, New Jersey, Montreal, Boston, San Jose, Detroit, NY Rangers, Buffalo, Toronto and Chicago

Midlevel spenders ($156-million or more): Minnesota, Los Angeles, Anaheim, Ottawa, Edmonton, Columbus and Tampa Bay

Below midpoint (less than $156-million): Florida, Carolina, Dallas, Phoenix, Nashville, St. Louis, Colorado, Winnipeg/Atlanta and NY Islanders
The stats aren't universal otherwise Toronto would be a perennial Cup contender and Nashville and PHX would not be as successful as they have been, but here are the average's per Mirtle:

For the most part, the teams in the top group do very well, year after year. The last three seasons, they've averaged 98.2 points a season and a total of 13.5 playoff wins.

Compare that with those in the midlevel or low level group, who have averaged 86.5 points a season and a total of just 4.25 playoff wins.

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