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02-05-2014, 01:31 PM
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Originally Posted by TheMoreYouKnow View Post
New Jersey in 2000 wasn't even the #1 seed and only had the 4th best record in the league with two other teams just one point behind them, how would anyone even compare a 103 point #2 seed to a team that wins the President's Trophy by 15 points?

Also, calling 2002 "poor competition" is a pretty funny take on it, one could just as easily say it was a more balanced league among playoff contending teams. 13 teams finished between 90 and 100 points in 2002, only 5 teams did in 2000. Meanwhile 99/00 featured a true bottomfeeder in Atlanta which won only 14 games.
Why are you judging a team that greatly improved at the trade deadline by their overall regular season record? They basically traded spare parts for Alexander Mogilny and Vladimir Malakhov. The same Devils without Malakhov won the East in the 2000-01 regular season.

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