2013 Off-Season Armchair GM Thread Part V
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07-09-2013, 01:30 AM
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I always say that winning the cup is never luck.
Carolina...however...well, it is definitely one of the weaker teams to win in recent memory. They had fantastic goaltending, but what team wins the cup with that kind of center depth and defensive core? They had the benefit of playing in the year after some major rule changes were made, really putting everyone in a state of flux.
Plus, New Jersey, Buffalo and Edmonton absolutely collapsed against them. For sure, that doesn't excuse the play of those three teams, and kudos to Carolina for being able to seal the deal even with the advantage, but that is not something you usually see. There was little adversity for Carolina to overcome. That certainly was not a team that was put through a grinder in the postseason. In contrast to the teams that have won it since then.
A more appropriate comparison to the Sharks would be the Ducks. They've had years(plural) of success combined with years of abysmal results, in-and-out. That would be preferable to the Sharks's record.
Looking back, I'd have to say that perhaps the worst decision DW/the Sharks ever made was to stick with Ron Wilson, their prospect defensemen, and Nabokov/Toskala all those years.
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