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12-03-2012, 02:48 PM
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Originally Posted by optimus2861 View Post
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
The NHL gave up the one thing that really protected smaller markets and put an inflationary system in place that forced these very teetering markets to the brink by overspending. Brilliant.

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