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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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Interesting, this talk of dynasty and the Ottawa Senators as if the two go hand in hand. Ottawa hasn't won anything yet (hell - they've never beaten the Leafs in the post-season), and the trip to the Stanley Cup finals last year demonstrated that there are other great teams out there that will continue to give them all they can handle when they get into the important games (i.e. post-season).

Look at their record against western teams last year and you will realize that there were probably 4 or 5 teams that could have come out of the west to beat them in the finals. A little premature on the dynasty talk w.r.t. the Senators don't you think?

To address the question, I believe dynasties will be a thing of the past.

O'Leary: I'm guessing you're a Leaf hater - no mention of past Leaf dynasties in your post (e.g. the 60's).
Jake, 2007-10-19 14:25:48

Pete, you have to think that Mike's response was a typical knee-jerk reaction by someone who has a bug up his butt when it comes to Ottawa.

Let's see, Mike. The average age of the Penguins is 27.7 while for Ottawa it's 28. For the D, Pittsburgh's average age is 30, while Ottawa's is 28.4.

So, in what way is Ottawa at the end of their peak and Pittsburgh just commencing theirs? It isn't what you pay your top 4 or 5 stars that makes or breaks a team. It's the supporting cast, and right now Ottawa, Anaheim, Detroit, and San Jose have the best overall supporting cast.

As for their winning "NOTHING" I daresay had the Leafs had that roster for the past decade the Leaf Nation would have overdosed on excitement. Look at them now for crying out loud. And that's with a pathetic collection of stiffs.
George O'Leary, 2007-10-19 13:45:50

Mike, are you an Ottawa hater. Don't hate Mike. You clearly need to focus and hating is clearly clouding your senses. Pens could be a dynasty. Firstly, Ovechkin does not play on the Pens, Espos not even on the roster, Stall has one point and is an overall -3. Yeah, well maybe you meant Malkin not Ovechkin. Maybe I'm giving you too much credit.
Pete, 2007-10-19 10:26:50

OMG... Please stop saying Ottawa will be a Dynasty. They are at the END of their peak, not the begining, and they've won NOTHING! Not even a sniff.

Heatly and Spezza do not make a Dynasty. That's no better than Ovechkin and Kozlov in Washington, Gaborik and Dimitra in Minny or Hossa and Kovalchuk in Atlanta... and nobody is talking about those "dynasty's"

The Pens could be one... if they get a goalie. Staal, Crosby, Ovechkin, Whitney, and Espo... if they can keep them together with a real coach, man... they will be good.


Mike, 2007-10-19 09:00:33

With the salary cap it will be harder. If the cap keeps going up then yes they could be. Spezza could be a restricted free agent this summer so that would be a big loss if he signs with someone else.
James, 2007-10-18 23:13:44

If you're talking about a dynasty similar to the Habs powerhouses of the 50's, 60's, and 70's, or the ones created by the Islanders or Oilers, forget it. No one will achieve that kind of success anymore over a 4 or 5 year stretch due to the salary cap.

At the moment, Ottawa looks to be in the best position over the next two seasons anyway. Redden will be gone after this season, and so will one of the $3.5 million goaltenders, so that's another $10 million they have to throw at a couple of next year's UFA's (or maybe even put the squeeze on someone the way Lowe did by making an offer sheet to a RFA).

Spezza will be signed, and whatever it's going to cost won't be all that much over his current $4 million salary, so they will have cash to spend - maybe considerably more if the cap rises again.

But even a cup (or two) won't make them a dynasty in the accepted sense of the word.
George O'Leary, 2007-10-18 23:03:40

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