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03-19-2013, 01:41 PM
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Originally Posted by SaintPatrick33 View Post
That wasn't not really a problem of an insufficient talent pool though, rather it was a problem of how that talent pool was divvied up. The O6 teams kept on with their stacked rosters while the expansion teams had to make do with the next tier.
Okay, well just for fun then, imagine if lets say in 67 a sort of "Hockey Panel" was put together, objective outsiders who had free rein to divvy up all of the players under contract at any level, trying to create competitive balance & parity amongst the 12 teams. Homogenisation. Sure, the incoming 6 wouldve been a lot more competitive, but overall, the quality at the high end would suffer being spread so thinly. The elite players, in not having team mates who could keep up playing down several notches. The game would have slowed down to a crawl even more so than it did, with no bright lights & champagne evenings in Boston, Montreal, on Long Island, in Edmonton in the 80's. One demands excellence in their choices of entertainment. I just dont see how after Toronto, Montreal, Chicago & Detroit going back to the late 40's through 67 that people would have been accepting of it, because as it was, it was bad enough that entire generations of fans were in fact turned off & tuned out.

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