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Could we see a dynasty under the NHL's salary cap?
Thu, October 18, 2007

After last season's trip to the Stanley Cup Finals, and their hot start to this season the Senators are playing at a higher level then most teams they face.

But with tight restrictions under the salary cap, do you think dynasties are now a thing of the past? Have you say in our forum



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I like what Sutter has done in Calgary. He has all the stars signed for the next 5 years. Only 1 player left to sign of the core group and thats Kiprusoff.

Calgary will be a contender for at least the next 5 years thanks to Sutters locking up his key players before they become free agents.

Thats how you have to do it with a salary cap in place.
Jimmy, 2007-10-24 14:29:01

It is possible for several reasons. All things being equal, there are certain cities that players would prefer to live in and those that they avoid like the plague (Edmonton). Also, remember when the Isles locked up Dipietro for 15 years and we all thought they were insane? Now if you could lock up a #1 goalie for $4-5 million/year it doesn't seem like a bad deal at all. Put these two items together and you could have a team that sucks long enough to get a good young core like the Caps and Penguins have, sign the young guys for a long time before they start to explode and, if you are in one of the nice cities around the league and start winning cups, they actually might want to stay around and play out their contracts. Winning would also attract other players, young and old, who want a shot at winning a cup as well, and many would sign below market value to do so.

Anyhow, it's unlikely to happen but it could with a lot of luck and some good management.
Rick W., 2007-10-23 16:20:59

Jake, Jake, Jake - at least keep things in perspective. Let's see now, when this season ends, it's safe to say that the Leaf drought will have reached 41 years. Only the hopelessly optimistic among Leaf Nation can think they have a chance to end the long wait this time around. Now, go back to 1967 and count back 41 from there and you get the Ottawa Senators (early edition) notching their 10th cup since it came into being. 41 years is 41 years no matter how you look at it.

As for Vince doling out a bit of BS, that is going on 82 years since their last one so, yeah, he'd have to be well into his 90s to have any memories of that, and even there I have to wonder. I know I have a hell of a time trying to recall events clearly from when I was 10 to 12 years old. Fuzzy at best.
George O'Leary, 2007-10-21 15:02:10

Vince:

So you did blink and miss the past Leaf glory years. People criticize Leaf Nation for their 40 year Stanley Cup drought, so if you're suggesting that today's Senators have some sort of storied past that goes back to the 20's, their drought is truly pathetic.

Also, I can't believe that you're 90 years old or better as you indicate in your post, but if you are your maturity level is also truly pathetic. Let's be honest though - you're full of crap.


Jake, 2007-10-21 10:32:44

To Jake:

I don't know how far back you go, but I go as far back as the Ottawa Senators glory years of the 1920's. That, was likely before your time.
Vince in Ottawa, 2007-10-20 17:47:24

Vince:

Judging by the overall maturity level that you demonstrate in your post, I'm thinking that you didn't blink and miss the Leaf glory years but it was likely before your time.


Jake, 2007-10-20 12:30:39

Dynasties in the NHL? Who is kidding whom? Forget it people. The new collective bargaining agreement makes certain that Dynasties no longer can happen. The free agency agreement that is presently in place was initiated by the NHLPA, and agreed to by the NHL owners. The players wanted it to get more money from the highest bidder which goes against team loyalty and fan loyalty. The owners agreed to it because they wanted to ensure that everybody got a chance at winning the cup especially American based teams that are not in traditional hockey markets. This ensures that the Stanley Cup will rotate around different cities in the league. Hence, no more dynasties. The League has turned fans into customers.

To Jake, the Leafs had a Dynasty? When? Did the rest of us blink and missed it? Oh, you must be referring to the 40 year dynasty that they hold on not winning a cup! Talk about turning a negative into a positive. But that kind of Dynasty is called an oxymoron, I'm afraid. Go leafs Go, and don't come back. Too bad, Leafs' fans are always going through the experience of feeling "Blue".

Vince Licandro


Vince Licandro, 2007-10-20 09:18:50

Jake, you'd be wrong. I don't "hate" the Leafs at all. What I DON'T like is the Toronto-based media. But that's a whole different story. The reason I didn't mention the Leafs is that I was looking at 4 and 5 years in a row as a dynasty. But I admit, the three they won in a row was pretty good. Of course, back then, you only had to win 8 games in the playoffs which started out with 4 opponents. Sorta different when you have to win 16!
George O'Leary, 2007-10-19 21:36:58

Since it is possible for certain teams such as the Leafs & hawks to stink for decades.....the converse can be true that teams such as the Devils, Red wings, avalanche (senators ?) will be contenders for years.

it has much to do with management & scouting. Two things the leafs & hawks lack. simply stating the Obvious
Steverino, 2007-10-19 18:40:04

prob. not a dynasty but defn. a strong and memorable team.
funtimes, 2007-10-19 14:26:47

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