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01-19-2013, 10:09 PM
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Originally Posted by DAChampion View Post
Edmonton partly fell into this rut because they were trying to make the playoffs.

This is the same Edmonton team that in the years following a Stanley Cup final signed Sheldon Sourray, Shawn Horcoff, et cetera to bad long-term contracts. They weren't trying to tank. They were trying to "win now", when they were in no position to do so, and that sealed the deal.

When you're not in a position to win now, and you try and win now, you end up with five years of losing or more. The same has been true of Toronto and Columbus.

Prediction: Calgary will now become the new Edmonton.
Yup I think you're right. But it will take a few years before they hit bottom. Iginla and Kipper will be enough to keep them mediocre for awhile.

Of course if they dealt Iggy and Kipper they'd accelerate the process tremendously but their ownership doesn't want this. Their GM apparently did want this but ownership wanted to go for 8th...

And now they have the pain of mediocrity to deal with. They're going to drag this out and it's not going to be pretty. Just like we did.

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