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12-18-2003, 04:15 PM
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Originally Posted by jpb
1993 - right when the first wave of expansion hit and the talent pool started to thin out.

Take the players on the 9 1990s expansion teams (Ottawa, Anahiem, San Jose, Tampa, Florida, Columbus, Nashville, Atlanta & Minnesota) and spread them out over the 21 teams from the "glory days" and you'll have more squads with good talent top to bottom and less of a need to trap to compete.

Or blame Jacques Lemair if you want. He won the cup with his trap in '95 with the Devils and monkey see monkey do quickly ensued.
By the same token, the NHL has also expanded the pool of players that are available. Instead of 95% US and Canadien players, it's now about 70% US and Canadien players. I don't think the overall talent is that diluted, but the defensive systems has evolved to the point where players in general need to be much more defensively aware. Maybe 20 years ago, Daigle would be a superstar with his offensive talents, but with todays defenses, he's more of a liability.

I still feel that there was a lot less clutching and grabbing in the past, and if you got rid of that, the games would be a lot faster, much more entertaining, and there would be a bit more scoring. Also, the players with talent would be better able to show that talent.

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