While we are less than a quarter into the 2011-2012 season, one thing already seems apparent: teams with high payrolls are generally more successful than teams with low payrolls – no shock (to argue otherwise would defeat the purpose the salary cap).
Many disgruntled ‘Canes fans want to blame Paul Maurice for our troubles, but, as I attempted to point out last year, the blame should be placed squarely on our organizations failure/inability to spend money. If you look at the statistics, given the actual payroll (via hockeybuzz.com), the Canes are actually playing better than their budget. The big losers so far this season are Buffalo, Montreal, and Boston. The big winners this season are Toronto, Florida, and Ottawa. (Of course, please take into account that some teams have played more games than others (the season is still very young) and I have only evaluated Eastern Conference teams)
Regardless, many ‘Canes fans want to blame someone for our lackluster start, but lets make sure we blame the right person.
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