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12-12-2012, 12:02 AM
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Originally Posted by Holden Caulfield View Post
The league's expansion strategy was flawed. They made plenty of mistakes. Ideally, perhaps the league should have been less ambitious in the 90's and we have a BIT smaller league right now, talking about expansion now instead contraction. But that's in the past. I just cannot see any logical business sense for contraction, AT THIS TIME.
I certainly don't see it as likely, but my thoughts on this have been from the premise that the expansion strategies were both forced on the NHL (due to their own backward ways back in the 70s) and flawed (overdoing it and going too quickly in the 90s).

There was the drain on talent initially, and then the league decided to absorb some of the old WHA teams (so that was strictly reactive, not proactive expansion). The 1990's was just too much in the absence of a true support structure to help the newer franchises get set up. That's why I called it a money grab, also noting most of the owners that set that in motion are no longer involved in the NHL.

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