Can't really blame it on the salary cap either, although for years the Leafs and Rangers did both try and buy their cups... With the Rangers succeeding in 1994 with half the old Oilers squad.
Decades of poor management and the Leafs are still number one, even though their arena looks like their fans dress up as empty seats a lot of the time. I wonder how many seats are sold to corporate sponsors.
The league should look at contracting a number of teams. It would improve the competition level in the game, eliminate the financial drain that some teams in poor markets are siphoning from profits, and would go a long way to re-establishing the "elite" level of the NHL. Less number of teams with the old 23 man roster would also allow for more fighting, better rivalries, and more competition between players.
"The Hand is fine, I got a shot of chromosone yesterday." John Kordic on the status of his hand.
"Let's get out of this sh*thole."
Phil Esposito, on Winnipeg, after Team Canada lost game 3 of the 1972 series to the Russians.