– Mikaël Lalancette (@MikLalancette) May 16, 2023
It’s only logical. A team will never be able to win games on a consistent basis, and it won’t win a championship if its line-up is nowhere near the level of the other teams in the league.
That’s how it works in the NHL, MLB, NFL, NBA… And in any other sports league, professional or amateur.
With the ultimate goal of winning, teams don’t hesitate to offer big contracts to the NHL’s best players. But…
In reality, just because a team has a star player doesn’t mean it’s guaranteed success, and just because a player makes a lot of money doesn’t mean he’ll automatically get you to the big time.
Right now, the 10 players with the biggest cap hit for the 2022-2023 NHL season are all “out” of the playoffs.
Of course, it has to be said that Jonathan Toews and Carey Price didn’t make the playoffs this year… But still…
This is pretty wild 😳🤑 pic.twitter.com/EMtbXtrFQB
– TSN (@TSN_Sports) May 16, 2023
On the other side of the coin…
Sometimes, it can work. To counter the Leafs’ example, just look at Kane, Toews and the Hawks in recent years.
In the end, spending a lot of money on certain players can be a winner… But, just the opposite is happening this year.
– Too cool.
Stuart Skinner said he kept his broken stick from the Kings series. He plans to hang it on the wall as a reminder to persevere through the tough times.
– Daniel Nugent-Bowman (@DNBsports) May 16, 2023
– KK is doing well these days.
– Stu Cowan (@StuCowan1) May 16, 2023
– Whew. Get yourself a box of tissues if you decide to read the text.
Touching chat with former Rimouski Océanic head coach Doris Labonté, who has decided to end his cancer treatments.
“I sleep like a baby and I’m really serene these days. I’m fine. “https://t.co/Gw3tzTCGFp
– Kevin Dubé (@KDubeJDQ) May 16, 2023
– Go Genie!