Originally Posted by Ugo Ferst
No, we werent near top in league spending in the early 90s, the teachers union was still a major factor. We never went out and signed a real superstar late season to give us a push over the top and really as fondly as those teams are remembered, we were never favorites going in and Fletchers hand were still tied in terms of spending like the Wings or Av's.
Hell, the year Montreal won we werent really a high seed and most people expected us to lose to Detriot in the 1st round.
The fact they hired Fletcher, who built the Flames into a Stanley Cup winning team, shows that they wanted to win. This is before the OTPP had controlling interest. I don't care if they're at the top of the league in spending if they're making smart trades and building a gritty team.