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11-07-2012, 12:30 AM
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Originally Posted by A Pointed Stick View Post
The arena alone doesn't guarantee anything. San Jose went from their start in a decrepit place worse than the NVMC to the arena in San Jose and though they made bank with a state of the art facility and lots of rich Silicon Valley fans but built a horrid piece of garbage for a team in the 90s. They struggled mightily to get even mediocre UFAs. It took key trade acquisitions, a non-circus like atmosphere, and better drafting post 90's to become a UFA preferred destination.

We only meet one of those criteria at the moment. IMO, the Isles will need to show more talent than Tavares from the development pipeline, and better UFA grabs than Vis and Streit to attract good UFAs.
coming out of this lock out the isles will be projected to be a top 6 team in the east, the sharks also had a lot less, the isles have a fan base, a core and a brand new arena in brooklyn, in the past the questions ufa's always asked garth was where will you be after th 14-15 season and now he has a more than acceptable answer

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