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by Alanah McGinley on 05/31/11 at 04:49 PM ET
Former Atlanta Thrashers captain Bobby Holik talks to Tom Gulitti at Fire & Ice about his experiences with the Thrashers organization, and his disappointment with today’s news. In the course of that interview, Holik also made some observations about how the salary cap era affects a team’s success:
Holik pointed to the Tampa Bay Lightning as an example of how getting a solid ownership (Jeff Vinik) and management team (headed by GM Steve Yzerman) working on the same page can turn around an organization quickly.
“Why do you think Tampa has done so well in such a short period of time?” Holik asked. “Two reasons: in the salary cap era, you’re never too far from being good and you’re never too far from being bad. It’s all condensed to the middle. There’s no great teams. They’re all just good or average.
“So, you get an owner who has full trust in the general manager, he hires the right hockey guy and you have a general manager who completely backs the head coach (Guy Boucher). Then, you have a coach who completely believes in his players and you go from not making the playoffs to one goal short of the (Stanley Cup) Finals. That’s the salary cap era. It’s not that hard to be good and it’s very easy to be bad because you’re never too far from each end of the spectrum.”
Full interview discussing the Thrashers is here.
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