Lundqvist to be best paid player?
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08-15-2013, 01:22 PM
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: New York
There is no set formula for winning the cup. Every year, people jump to the conclusion that all you need to do to win is be exactly like the last team that won. It almost never works, both because the logic is faulty and because nobody is going to a build a team that outplays the Hawks for example (or any recent winner) at their own game over one offseason.
If there's any trend that leads to success, it's having players that perform far above their contracts, whether they're on ELCs, or are just breaking out after signing a smaller contract a year or two before. That is a HUGE asset, and having a few guys like that gives a team a huge leg-up when the playoffs begin. With any luck, one or more of our current prospects will be able to do that, whether its CK, Lindberg or Fast playing solid upfront, or McI playing well on the backend. Or, perhaps a guy like Hagelin or McDonagh will develop the ability to score and end up playing far above their worth as defined this offseason. That's going to help the team win. Spending 2 million on someone other than Hank isn't going to be the difference. Depth is important, sure, but players who overperform based on their money are far, far more important IMO and pinching pennys on Hank isn't going to help the team get more of those players.
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