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11-13-2012, 04:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Fugu View Post
San Jose Sharks.
... won the franchise-building lottery when they were gifted a prime-aged, Hart-winning center in exchange for spare parts. How wonderful for them, but not applicable as a universal model.

Where do you think the Sharks would be budgetarily for the past 5 years if they had to acquire that player as a UFA?


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There is never a rational reason for spending more than you can afford.
"Afford" is the key word here. Teams are frequently in a situation where they choose to spend more than they can afford, simply because they can't afford NOT to spend it.

You can deny the connections here till you're blue in the face. But teams have to spend on salary to compete, and that's the truth.

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