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12-03-2012, 02:13 PM
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Originally Posted by txpd View Post
maybe i dont understand. but iirc before the salary cap nhl teams could and did spend freely. did the leafs win a cup? challenge for one? how many did the rangers get? how many did the flyers get?
Pre-2004, remember, players didn't go UFA until 31, barring strange contract circumstances. Forwards tend to be past their prime by that point, sometimes well past their prime. The ability of the Rangers, Leafs, and other large-market teams to buy their way to a championship was quite limited.

If you were to try a no-cap league today, when players hit UFA at 27, buying a title would have a better chance at success. Still not sure if the Leafs could manage it since they tend to screw up everything

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