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(Click Here for Full Size Image) As teams settled into the salary cap era, the league slowly transitioned into what it is today. Gone are the times where a single strategy would almost guarantee a win.  Yes, drafting is still very important (not to mention the basis for all of the Chicago and LA Cup wins), but trade or trade/UFA teams…...

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(Click Here for Full Size Image) After the lockout, everything changed. Some shifts happened almost instantly, while others slowly phased in as teams adjusted to the new rules.  Gone were the days of free spending and buying contenders; front office strategy now needed to involve far more than simply planning massive trades.  Certain organizations adapted quickly (or at least stumbled…...

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(Click Here for Full Size Image) If the early 1990s set the groundwork for the 2005 lockout, it was the team building strategies of the late ’90s and early ’00s that cemented it.  The high spending ways of the Rangers and Penguins were nothing in comparison to what the second half of the decade wrought. Although mired in the…...

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(Click Here for Full Size Image) As we saw yesterday, teams during the dynasty era primarily built their clubs through the draft and other young players.  Each of the three main organizations went about this task in a slightly different way – Montreal through acquiring picks in trades, the Islanders by using their own, and Edmonton through a series of claims and…...

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(Click Here for Full Size Image) Have you ever wondered how the great dynasties of the 1970s and 80s were created?  There’s no doubt they had great players, with nine future Hall of Famers on Montreal’s rosters (ten if you count Roy in ’86), five from the Islanders, and another six from the Oilers.  Even the Calgary Flames, the…...

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How are successful hockey teams built?  Sure, they have talent, but how is that talent acquired, retained, and renewed throughout the years?  Is there some form of roadmap for rebuilds, blueprints for building wins?  And where do the Avs stack up in all of this? Welcome to BSN Denver’s summer series, (De)Constructing Contenders.  In order to answer some of these…...

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