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11-01-2012, 07:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Urban Explorer View Post
Expansion? Are you crazy? The league is water downed enough as it is. They should be talking contraction if anything! If we didn't have the bottom feeder teams, we wouldn't be in this mess every 8 years!
#1 - I'm not crazy, it's not my idea. Published report about the NHL using expansion as a CBA tactic here:

And this very thread.

#2 - "Watered down" is a myth. Quality hockey is about balance and style of play. A league of super sound technical players with all the fringe NHL players removed… might be boring as hell. Everyone would be in position, no one makes a mistake, and system would be more important than talent, so every team becomes a lock/trap team. We don't know. Maybe mistakes being made, and having a 6th D-man on team #30 allow the superstars to impress us.

#3 - There's really not a lot of difference between players #644 (28 teams) and #690 (30 teams); nor a big difference between #690 and #736 (32 teams)

#4 - The cap squeezes veterans out of the league (payroll inflexibility leads to teams using young, inexperienced - aka CHEAP - players for their role players instead of veteran depth guys) more than expansion. Some of these players would stick around longer with two more teams.

#5 - The current system of tying payroll to league average HRR ensures we will always be in this mess, unless all the teams have similar revenues and grow them at equal rates. The current situation is that the league average revenue is between the #10 and #11 revenue teams, making 10 teams too poor to keep up financially. Eliminating those 10 poor teams raises the average revenue, and CREATES NEW POOR TEAMS. If you simply axe the bottom every CBA, you'd ultimately end up in a situation where TOR is a "have" and one other team (NYR or MON) is a "have not" and everyone else folded.

In other words: "If we didn't have bottom feeder teams we wouldn't be in this mess" is a load of crap. If we didn't have THOSE bottom feeder teams, the next poorest would become the bottom feeder teams. It's a curve, someone has to be at the bottom. Be happy it's PHX, FLA, CBJ, NASH who lack history, and not BUF, OTT, PIT, WIN, EDM, MIN who've been NHL markets for a long time.

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