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06-06-2013, 10:29 PM
All ice is home ice.
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Norfolk, VA
Most of these teams got there through conditions that are difficult to replicate under normal operation in Montreal.
Chicago would not be the same without having drafted Kane and Toews as high as they did, same goes for Pittsburgh with Crosby and Malkin, and from that point onward, it was always going to be easier to attract free agents; while Montreal got Galchenyuk, there would be hell to pay if the Habs finished in the cellar in this manner consecutive seasons.
Boston did a number of trades, many with Toronto, which were so one-sided that their cumulative effect looked like collusion.
LA had a number of trades that were also successful and gave them a lot of scoring depth that is both gritty and talented (the combination needed for playoffs), and drafted Doughty #2. If there is one team whose path to success can be a useful template, I would say it's LA.
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