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10-27-2012, 11:29 PM
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Originally Posted by SaintPatrick33 View Post
Not to mention contraction is bush league. No major league can afford the loss of prestige that contraction entails. Contraction is what FAILED leagues do, on their way to going under completely.
How many times have leagues contracted when there wasn't a World War going on? Once?

Originally Posted by Ryancoke13 View Post
I feel the league is watered down with hockey players who are not NHL caliber. removing 2 rosters helps this situation and will slightyl boost the other 28 markets.
The salary cap waters it down more than expansion:
There's a limit on what you can spend, so you spend it on the best players you can fit and then round out the roster with young (CHEAP) guys from the minors.

See also: The Islanders ability to bring in guys like Weight, Reasoner, and Boyes since the salary cap. Before the cap, guys like that signed with someone capable of winning the Cup. Now those Cup contenders don't have room for them under the cap.

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