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11-04-2012, 12:29 AM
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Originally Posted by guyincognito View Post
The second team is going to be god-awful and no threat to any established team in the market.

Look at the Bettman expansion class and other than the Sharks, have any of these teams become a consistent top team (granted the Sharks can't do anything in the playoffs to save their lives).... and really the Sharks are a special case because their expansion was treated more as a corporation breakup than an actual expansion.

The Ducks would be the second closest. Some of these teams have pretty much been abject failures as hockey organizations. Expansion doesn't = license to play playoff hockey.
Ottawa was a top team for awhile, but them and Tampa were pre-Bettman. I think Florida and Anaheim were awarded pre-Bettman as well.

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