Are The New Jersey Devils The East Coast San Jose Sharks?

April 26th, 2010 by Derrick Lightfoot Leave a reply »
A few years ago you could always joke about the San Jose Sharks bowing out early in the playoffs. Now, it's no laughing matter and the only explanation to the Sharks significant drop in play from the regular season to the postseason is that they're cursed.

The Sharks take a lot of flack for being playoff underachievers, but if we look across the nation to Jersey, there's another team that hasn't fared well in the playoffs recently. 

Yes, Martin Brodeur has three rings with the Devils and they've won three cups, in 1995, 2000, and 2003. But does this mean that New Jersey doesn't need to find success because they've won in the past?

Of course not.

We've got the salary cap set in now, and it prevents teams like the Devils, Red Wings, and Avalanche from acquiring all the good players. Post salary cap the Devils have struggled heavily to make a big splash in the postseason despite having solid regular season records.

There have been four seasons after the infamous lockout in 2003-2004—five seasons if you want to include this postseason we are watching unfold right now. For argument sake, let us go ahead and count ...

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