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
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
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
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
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