Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Grantland: The Blackhawks broke the system and that's a good thing

You see, Chicago, this is not the way it’s supposed to work.

Not in the salary-cap era, at least. We lost an entire season to get this system, and then we lost another half-season to … well, nobody’s quite sure, but to tweak it, we guess. This is supposed to be the age of parity in the NHL, and that means everybody needs to play by the rules.

Here’s how it’s supposed to go: You lose. You draft high and pray you find a superstar or two. You try to find a few more stars on the trade market or in free agency. That’s your core, and you build up a supporting cast around it as cheaply as possible.

And then the window opens, maybe for a year or two, maybe longer if you’re lucky. That’s your chance to win the Stanley Cup. At that point, all you can do is cross your fingers and hope.

And then — and this is the important part — the window slams shut.

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1 comment:

  1. How to build a Stanley Cup Champion in five easy steps -
    1. At the 2006 NHL Draft, convince St. Louis and Pittsburgh to pass on a future HOFer so that the Hawks can get Jonathan Toews with the third pick.
    2. At the 2007 NHL Draft, win the lottery and go from fifth to first so you can pick Patrick Kane.
    3. Complete revamp your organization and go from the worst franchise in all professional sports (according to ESPN in 2004) to one of the best, if not the best.
    4. Hire someone like Scotty Bowman to be Special Advisor for Hockey Operations. This could be hard since he does not have a twin. So hope you can find someone with maybe 25% of Bowman's knowledge and ability.
    5. Build a team around Toews and Kane.

    This is so easy. Why doesn't everyone do it?