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Do Avs Fans Really Want Nashville to Beat Vancouver?

I wouldn’t call it unanimous, but there has been a strong bias among the MHH regulars that they would prefer to see the Predators move on into the Conference Finals.  Why not?  Vancouver has been beating the Avs like a rented mule for several seasons now.  They have the Creepy Twins, Torres, and Kessler.  Luongo looks like a soccer playing chimp with that slicked back greasy (all-over) hair.  Their fans rank right below the Wings on the scale of annoyance.  The guys in the green body suits are really weird.  Damn right!  F**k the Canucks!

Not so fast there sport.  Let’s compare the two teams and their payroll sheets.  Vancouver has been running just under the cap for many seasons.  Nashville, while not exactly prone on the cap floor, has worked very hard to stay as far from the ceiling as practical.  Let’s say that the Predators make it to the Cup Finals, and even win it all.  What does this mean for the Avalanche?

The NHL is a copycat league.  If it worked for one team, all the cellar dwellers are going to try it.  What mode are the Avs in now?  We’re told that they are "building from within."  This strategy was highly successful for teams like Pittsburgh and Chicago.  What other lousy teams are trying to rebuild through the draft?  The Islanders and the Oilers come immediately to mind.  So here the Avs are, face down on the linoleum, and what do they see?  A cheap-ass franchise has taken the cup.  Greg from Accounting pulls up a spreadsheet and runs the numbers...

They’re only spending  $12M more next year than we are and they have 5 more players signed.  We’re going to have to pay some of these youngsters in the next year, it’s unavoidable unless we trade them off for draft picks (note to self, it could save us some money, look into this).  Why not?  We could be the next Predators in a couple of years without any major signings.  OK, we do need a goalie.  Joey, the new guy, has been dropping texts like snow on me, and I think he might know something about it.  That guy for Nashville has been pretty good.  But still, $12M buys us a cup!  Hey Pierre…

And so it goes.  Do we really want this?

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