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09-20-2012, 11:56 AM
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overpass
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Originally Posted by Iain Fyffe View Post
Right. Montreal was 3rd, 0.55 behind first and 0.47 behind 2nd.

All I'm saying is that Dallas can rightly be considered a powerhouse in the context of its time, while Montreal cannot.


In terms of winning the Cup, the strength of a team's roster has no meaning unless it's considered relative to the teams it's competing against. Rosters are not built in a vaccuum.
In a direct sense, Montreal did not compete against Edmonton or Philadelphia in the playoffs. Both were eliminated by other teams. Similarly, Detroit and New Jersey were not direct competitors to Dallas in the 1999 playoffs.

I think the 86 Habs can be compared to the 99 Stars both in terms of their rosters and in terms of their strength vs playoff competitors.

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