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It’s Called Parity

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

When the NHL went to a salary-cap system seven years ago, the hope was to achieve what it termed “competitive balance.”

That’s a corporate-spin term for what us blue-collar folks call “parity.”

Well, seven years out, parity has never been more real in the NHL.

Pittsburgh and Vancouver were popular picks to contend for the Stanley Cup, and rightfully so. That they’re both down 3-0 in their respective series is surprising, yes, but hardly shocking.

Not in this league, not anymore.

The Flyers have handled the Penguins all year long. The Kings were division leaders entering the final week of the regular season until dropping to eighth on the final game of the season. They’re hardly your normal eighth seed.

Then again, what is an eighth seed anymore?


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Savage Henry's avatar

One man’s parity is another man’s mediocrity.  If the difference in the standings between a superbly run franchise and a poorly run franchise is a handful of points, and the superbly run franchises don’t see any advantage in the postseason, something is wrong.  One or two teams shouldn’t dominate every year, but the teams with excellent management, drafting, etc should consistently rise to the top.  As it is, that isn’t the case. 

I’m not sure what’s to be done about it (I really don’t expect the league to get rid of the loser point any time soon), but the presence of a situation where you have 2 or 3 teams simultaneously contending for a division title and 8th place in their conference is appalling.

Posted by Savage Henry on 04/17/12 at 05:07 PM ET


I’ve never understood whats so great about this forced parity thing…
The only thing it changes, for me, is that we’ll never see disnaties again

This is the era of the “stink for 5 consecutive years, build a shitload of prospects, and try to win before they sell themselves on UFA market” teams, and I dont quite see what is so great about it…

Posted by Zqto from Brazil on 04/17/12 at 05:36 PM ET

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