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NCC-1701. No bloody A, B, C OR D., CO • United States • 2013 Years Old • Male

Looks good on paper

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After the dust settles during the first week of free agency period, we'll see a lot of players change teams. Some fans will be really happy about the players they got and promise the Cup while other fans will dispair and kiss the playoffs good-bye. Regardless of what happens in free agency, my motto is this: it looks good/bad on paper.

There are numerous teams in history that have put together All-Star teams and fallen on their faces. Look at the New York Rangers in the years before the cap was instated. So many famous faces lined the scorecard, but no cups. They continued to dwell in the mundane confines of mediocrity. Also, look at the 2003-2004 Colorado Avalanche. Teemu Selanne, Paul Kariya joining suck illustrius names as Joe Sakic, Peter Forsberg, Adam Foote and Rob Blake, yet no cup came to Denver that year, it went to the Lightning who, at the beginning of the year were picked by "The Hockey News" magazine to finish sixth.

Some teams don't look great on paper, but achieve a lot. My favorite example is Western Conference playoffs in 2006. The matchups were all a heavily favored team against a team. All were supposed to be relatively easy. Red Wings were supposed dominate the Oilers, the Stars the Avs, etc. However all four lower-seeded teams upset the higher seeds. The Oilers continued to trudge through the playoffs. The ultimately lost to the Hurricanes but still went three rounds later than they were supposed to.

So, no matter whether a team signs Jesus to play with them or a team does absolutely nothing, the first week of July does not garuntee a cup. The names on the page don't matter. Will the team be cohesive? Will everyone buy into the coaches' scheme? Will the infamous injury bug strike? All these questions help answer the question of "who will win the Stanley Cup?" We have eleven months until that question is answered, so why try to answer it now?
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