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11-13-2012, 04:37 PM
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Originally Posted by tarheelhockey View Post
... 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.
Joe Thornton is (or was) a superstar, no question, but there is (and was) a lot more to the Sharks' success on the ice than Big Joe. The goal tending depth (Nabokov + Kipursoff/Toskala?), for one, and all of it home grown.

The universal model is draft well, develop, keep your stars and supplement with the right FAs. That's how many of the top echelon teams have done it post the 04-05 lockout (Kings, Blues, Canucks, Penguins, Bruins) and it doesn't require a Kovalchuk blockbuster to do it.

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