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04-09-2013, 04:37 PM
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Originally Posted by haveandare View Post
The team uses the FA advantage and people whine incessantly about how they're not building from the draft.

As for "top notch coaching staff," say what you will about him now, but Torts has one of the most impressive resumes among current head coaches - a cup, a Jack Adams, 50 win season, most wins from an american coach and oh yeah, coached this team to it's best season in years. People complain about him a lot, but seriously, who is this "top notch" coach that's out there just waiting to be snatched up?

Lastly, there are more teams that should have "no excuses" than there are spots that people consider a success. Let's say making the conference finals is a success - that means 4 teams have successful seasons. There are more than 4 teams that have a handful of advantages and "no excuses" to not make it to that point. They lose. Other teams win. If the sport were so predictable that any team that seems like they have some advantages over others could waltz into a successful season, what would even be the point?
Very well put.

There is also a hard salary cap (VERY hard in the NHL compared to other leagues) that mitigates against a lot of the advantages we could have.

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