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11-13-2012, 05:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Model62 View Post
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.
Of course there's more to it, and it's not that San Jose didn't do a great job with their resources. But I would think that even Sharks fans understand how lucky they were to land a player like Thornton out of the clear blue. Without him, they have Pavelski as their #1 or they can try to overpay a Richards type UFA on the occasion that one is really open to the entire market. Either way, they aren't the same Cup-contending team on a budget without Thornton.

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.
I agree, and the NHL's attempt to extend FA ages is aimed at making that model more plausible for the Edmontons and Columbuses of the league. I think we'd almost all like to see a system where drafting and developing players is the path to being successful, but that's not what the players want (which is understandable).

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