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05-14-2013, 09:32 PM
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Salary Cap

Was hockey more exciting before the salary cap? I remember the Habs not spending as much as the Leafs or Rangers instead deciding to stay in the middle of the pack and rely on drafting but still managing to be successful. With less parity there were true upsets in the playoffs because one team was that much more of an underdog. The trades were more exciting and the expectations were always to win the cup. It'll probably never happen again but it'd be great if the league were governed as a competitive league for wealthy owners instead of a money making venture for businessmen expanding their portfolios.

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I don't recall the Canadiens being very successful from 93-2004. That's when we started to see the escalating salaries blow out of proportion.

Payrolls 92-2004
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I have a more emotional attachment to the pre-lockout era than the post-lockout mainly due to the year we made the playoffs during Koivu's cancer, and the playoffs when Koivu completely schooled Thornton in 2004. In my memory it was the most exciting hockey.

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Reading all this... I can't even fathom why we run this little fella out of town... I think I'm teary eyed.

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I don't recall the Canadiens being very successful from 93-2004. That's when we started to see the escalating salaries blow out of proportion.

Payrolls 92-2004
http://www.hockeyzoneplus.com/$maseq_e.htm
Yeah I guess those years leading up to '93 sort of skewed my memory. It's true there were a few bad seasons before the cap due to bad management but I just like the idea of teams going on spending sprees and competing at all costs to win a cup. On a side note I think Koivu should have retired a Hab.It's a shame they treated him like that.

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The Canadian dollar was much lower against the US dollar pre-Cap. We were allowed to buy a Cup, but couldn't afford it.

Since the Cap, the Canadian dollar's been around par with the US. Now we can afford to buy a Cup, but we're no longer allowed.

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don't recall how many cup these big money spenders won during the crazy spending era....

Maple Leafs - 0

Rangers - 0 (the big money spending happen post 1994)

Flyers - 0

...can't buy the Cup

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don't recall how many cup these big money spenders won during the crazy spending era....

Maple Leafs - 0

Rangers - 0 (the big money spending happen post 1994)

Flyers - 0

...can't buy the Cup
Detroit and Colorado spent a boatload of money and did fine.

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Detroit and Colorado spent a boatload of money and did fine.
As did Dallas.

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I have a more emotional attachment to the pre-lockout era than the post-lockout mainly due to the year we made the playoffs during Koivu's cancer, and the playoffs when Koivu completely schooled Thornton in 2004. In my memory it was the most exciting hockey.
While having the same injuries as him too!

Bruised ribs IIRC.

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While having the same injuries as him too!

Bruised ribs IIRC.
Thornton had torn rib cartiladge from days before the playoffs and got 0 pts in 7 games.

Koivu had torn rib cartiladge, cracked ribs, and a bruised lung since game 1 while scoring 11 pts in 7 games. Claude Julien said Koivu had trouble breathing on the bench.

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It sucked. The exchange rate killed us. Before Gillette came Molsons wanted a break-even on the team and so we had a self imposed limit of about $40M while Toronto, Rangers, Flyers, Blues were $60M -$70M. Yeah which ones won Cups but it was crappy knowing only these 5-6 teams could sign guys. Its a joke now that the Leafs always think they will sign everybody, but back then they could.

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