Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Alanah McGinley on 06/27/11 at 03:40 PM ET
From Georges Laraque, guest posted at Michelle Kenneth’s Hockey & Musings:
Yes, in an 82-games season every team has a chance to win, but if you look at the stats over the last couple of years, it’s always the same teams that make the playoffs and have a shot at success. Even with a salary cap, players choose where they want to play. Sometimes the best players, or the best free agents, are willing to take a pay cut just to fit under the cap so they can play with a top team. Sure, they’re perfectly within their right to do that, but it’s still unfair for the bottom teams. And when these guys choose their destination, they always chose the same few teams, so if you’re a bottom team, you will have to overpay top guys to attract them to your team, but you will never win. Some teams in the NHL develop great prospects, and every year they look like they’re slowly rebuilding their team, but after a couple of years, those prospects that become star players go somewhere else and the rebuilding process starts all over again. Without a good free agent or two on your team, you cannot win, and without a winning team, you cannot attract the right players to get your club to win.
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