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2011-2012 'Canes fans aren't happy, but who do we blame?

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.

Rank Team Points Actual Payroll Payroll Rank Pay/Rank Discrepancy
1 Pittsburgh 21 $67,220,000 3 2
2 Toronto 19 $67,110,000 5 3
3 Washington 18 $67,195,833 4 1
4 Philadelphia 18 $68,772,499 2 -2
5 NY Rangers 17 $65,818,667 6 1
6 Buffalo 16 $73,588,333 1 -5
7 Tampa Bay 16 $62,466,667 9 2
8 Florida 15 $52,483,625 11 3
9 Ottawa 15 $50,129,168 12 3
10 New Jersey 13 $59,199,166 10 0
11 Carolina 13 $49,685,000 13 2
12 Montreal 12 $64,542,534 7 -5
13 Boston 12 $64,475,833 8 -5
14 Winnipeg 12 $48,675,000 14 0
15 NY Islanders 10 $40,123,333 15 0

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