Found June 08, 2013 on Kukla's Korner:
Every year at this time--or within two weeks of the Stanley Cup Final in a non-lockout year, anyway--we tend to hear the media insist that whichever team wins the Cup will shape the game for years to come as each and every one of the 29 defeated teams will obviously completely alter their teams' player personnel and coaching trajectories to emulate the champ. This doesn't always pan out, though there's no doubt that the last couple of Cup champs are very big, very hard-checking and very defensively-minded teams. The previous three were more slanted toward high-skill and up-tempo hockey, though, and as such, the National Post's Cam Cole duly notes that even if the Blackhawks prevail against LA and upset the mighty Bruins, Chicago's "blueprint" is going to be hard to emulate (that, and thanks to the declining salary cap, like so many championship-caliber teams, it won't last in its current guise): These Blackhawks have the most of the most: bet...
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