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10-10-2013, 04:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Ian View Post
While I agree Dolan/Sather will never allow this team to be bad enough to have consecutive years of top 10 or so picks, it's extremely ingenuous to act like PIT/CHI/LA were "purposely bad" for a number of years.

Were they extremely mediocre? Yes. Did they essentially tank like you could perhaps argue EDM/COL/NYI(maybe) have done in recent years? Not at all.
People always ***** that the Rangers refuse to be a bottom 10 team in exchange for being a 7/8 seed and lose in the first round, but if this team missed the playoffs 9/10 years like Chicago did, there wouldn't be a fan base for this team. This team's business model is built on band wagoners.

I'd even go as far as saying that probably a 1/3 of the people that wish this team would fail now for future successes wouldn't give a **** until they won the cup anyways.
I would argue that of all the teams you mentioned, forget that... of all the teams in the NHL, Pitt not only tanked the most frequently, but also were not subtle about it.

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