Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks Find Ways to Succeed in Parity-Filled NHL

November 13th, 2014 by Tom Urtz Jr. Leave a reply »

In today’s NHL, it is harder for teams to repeat success than in previous decades. Before the salary cap era, teams were able to spend as much as they wanted, and the best players often went to the team that tossed them oodles and oodles of cash.  Those were the good days for robber barons like Peter Pocklington and Glen Sather, but times changed after the lockout of 2004-05.

Free agency today involves the equalizer of the salary cap, and in order to generate playoff success year after year, the key is to build smart. Every team gets the same amount to spend, and like a game of Monopoly, investing strategically will often lead to success. Well, unless you are playing Monopoly with Bernie Madoff, but that’s a story for a different day.

When you look at the Detroit Red Wings’ Ken Holland and the Chicago Blackhawks’ Stan Bowman, there is a lot of common ground, and that includes championship success, consistency and roster construction.

Both are executives at the top of a pyramid of teams that have found ways to be successful in a league full of parity, and neither has had to ponder t ...

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