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Which Dynastic Team's End/Decline Was Most Avoidable?

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07-26-2014, 09:36 PM
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The Islanders died when Potvin retired. He was The Franchise Player. He carried the team on his back until they were good enough to keep up with him, brought them to five straight Cup Finals, then hung up the skates. He was irreplaceable, & they never recovered from his loss. One can directly correlate the rise & fall of the Islanders with Potvin's career.
On the Legends of Hockey profile of Potvin, he talks about how the fire died out for him after his father passed away. (Both he and Isles dman Dave Langevin lost their fathers during the spring of '84). His last four years in the league were not the same, and he retired at a relatively young age (35).

That said, I don't want to misinterpreted as suggesting that NYI's run wasn't up by the time the Oilers took over in '84. They were tired, injured and their core (Potvin, Trottier, Gilles, Smith, even Bossy) had aged exponentially, by virtue of the ton of postseason play they had experienced over the previous decade.

A lasting memory of Denis Potvin will forever be him standing on a chair in the lockeroom in Vancouver, immediately following the Game Four SCF sweep of the Canucks in '82 (Cup #3), declaring to everyone in the room: "This is the best ****ing hockey team ever!"

Back to the topic: amazing to think that over the course of 15 Stanley Cup playoffs (1976-1990), three teams won 13 Cups.

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But I personally tend to try to contribute only when I feel truly well versed about a topic
Absolutely - I certainly respect this position.

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