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01-08-2013, 07:49 AM
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No team that I can think of have ever actually tanked.
Teams don't tank. Players will never work lazy or anything because management tells them to.
However, management will purposely play bad lines, bench good players, send good players down when they could be up, not recall players down who could be up and especially trade all good assets around the deadline so the team is in the worst position to win a game. This does happen and has happened since the dawn of the draft and trade deadlines.
Price would have played through an injury if Montreal had a chance to make the playoffs last season. Instead, he immediately sat in favour of Budaj. This would be considered "tanking" in the modern term of the word. Even though for all intents and purposes, they were being cautious with their most important player. Playing Bourque on the left wing when he's a natural right winger, even when Gionta is injured? That could be considered tanking since it's purposely playing to a players weakness.
There's other examples out there. Again, even the Ottawa Senators who were so bad they got accused of tanking in the mid 90s so the NHL instituted the lottery, not a single player (as far as I know) has come out and said they were told not to try or were expected to play it easy because the team was gunning for a high draft pick.
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