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02-04-2014, 11:53 AM
Kyle McMahon
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I'm not so sure that the margin by which a team won a President's Trophy is all that crucial when you're looking at single years in isolation. The top teams tend to yo-yo from year to year, there's any number of reasons why the gap between 1st place and the others may be larger or smaller. Colorado was without Forsberg for 2001-02 for example, if he plays perhaps they win another 5 or 6 games and suddenly the gap is small.

Points-wise, the 02 Red Wings were in the same ballpark as all the other 1st place overall teams from that time period. Did the league suddenly become much more balanced and harder to dominate for one single year in 2001-02? Maybe mathematically, but conventional wisdom says otherwise.

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