Are the big market teams the losers here?
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01-03-2013, 10:18 PM
Join Date: Jan 2011
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Haha, you are still looking to argue the cap no cap thing huh? While I am not the biggest Jacobs fan and would agree that his self imposed spending cap during the 80's and 90's lead to a lot of frustrating times for Bruins fans I think it would be unfair to call him a bad owner. He is a smart owner and he runs a good business and sometimes the smart business decisions are not always the best hockey decisions. Jacobs wanted a cap and he got it and since then he has spent right to it.
The Bruins have proved that under a cap with good scouting, player development, and management you can build a championship team. Under the new system Jacobs is committed to running a good business and Neely/Chiarelli are committed to running a good hockey team. The owner owns and the hockey personal runs the team; exactly how it should be.
The topic of the thread is how the new CBA will affect big market teams.
What you fail to acknowledge is that the Bruins won the Cup playing against inferior teams. The Wings have been the model franchise of the league for years. They drafted well and supplemented with free agents usually aging veterans. They managed well before the cap and had success because they had an owner willing to invest in his product which became wildly popular. Now? Just another mediocre franchise playing against other mediocre franchises in a giant crap shoot.
It is also worth noting that Detroit isn't a big market. The city has a population of less than a million. The team was successful because the owner was committed to winning and he did so. The last lockout did enormous damage to the local enthusiasm in spite of the Wings winning the Cup in 2008. This time around they won't have any bullets in their gun. No free agent splash. No run for the Cup. The team will only get worse as a direct result of the new CBA. They will be crippled and likely will never recover from the damage on or off the ice.
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