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02-14-2013, 09:58 PM
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Brenton Williams
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Originally Posted by opendoor View Post
90 points is hardly an impressive point total with OTLs and the shootout; about 2/3rds of the league get there every single season. A .560 record is generally considered the new .500 because of point inflation and that's a 92 point season.

And whether they trade their top players or simply let them decline into nothing, they could end up in the 65-80 point range except with the former they'll at least get some assets to build with. Teams like Edmonton and Toronto had some years where they just missed the playoffs before they dropped off the map and Calgary might be headed there given their almost complete dearth of talent between the ages of 22-29.
Well it was 5 pts less than the Kings who ran away with the Cup.

I see what you are saying, 90 pts doesn't mean what it used to, and there are assets to be had in trading quality players.

But the Flames have been in a position to make the playoffs the last few years, so if they trade away their best players it should only be for quality assets. Otherwise, they owe it to their fans to try and make the playoffs, because as has been proven in the last decade, once you get in to the playoffs anything can happen.

Besides, like I said, 'assets' don't necessarily mean anything. Perhaps it's a deep FA situation and they feel they can build that way?

How come the Devils, Flyers and Red Wings never rebuild? Do you see their fanbase criticizing their respective franchises?

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