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03-14-2013, 09:25 AM
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Millhaus
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Originally Posted by Lurch View Post
Leaner? More like non-existent. Caps let the AHL's best scorers walk last year (Aucoin and Bourque). Again, if the Caps can't manage their NHL team well, why do you think they would do a good job on the AHL side.
So this is a 'what have you done for me lately' thing? The Bears are less than 3 years removed from the last of their 3 championships in 5 years, which is the most successful period in their history, which dates back to '38-'39 mind you.

Are you under the impression that the Caps are under some obligation to help ice a championship caliber Bears team every year or something?

The Bears benefited from a very nice group of Caps' prospects and also the success of their NHL parent club making it important to have top AHL veterans who could contribute in the NHL when required.

That prospect pool has run fairly dry at the North American minor pro level recently, which isn't a big deal as these kinds of things are cyclical and the Caps have a few blue chippers in Europe or major junior. And the Caps on ice fortunes makes it less important for them to stock the Bears with a few top AHL talents also. That being said, this is the first year Aucoin hasn't been a Bear in a while.

Your expectations seem a decent amount unrealistic IMO...

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