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02-07-2013, 07:53 AM
Was saying Boo-urns
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in a cap era, the only way to succeed is to have quality talent on cheap contracts so that you can afford to supplement such players with more talent.

-LA had both goalies and their bottom six/bottom pairing on ELCs so that they could afford to pay Kopitar, Doughty, Richards, and now Carter
-Boston had quality depth players like Seidenberg, Marchand, Ference, Peverley making between two and three million so that they could afford to pay Chara, Bergeron, Krejci, Thomas
-Chicago had Toews, Kane, and Keith on ELCs so that they could overpay for Hossa and Campbell (it bit them in the ass later, but a ring is a ring)

Colorado either needs to spend a lot for depth and complementary players when their impact players in Duchene, EJ, Varly are making half of what they could in the near future, or they need to spend a lot for impact players and rely on prospects successfully fulfilling depth roles while they still cost next to nothing. Since Colorado has done well in attracting free agents who are relatively underpaid (PAP, Mitchell, Giggy, Anderson) and their drafting has been quite successful, the answer is quite simple -- management needs to spend to the cap.

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