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Businessweek: Red Wings are the smartest spenders in the NHL


According to Businessweek, Ken Holland and the Detroit Red Wings are the smartest spenders in the NHL over the past five seasons which probably won’t make the Holland haters feel any better about the offseason the Wings had this summer.

Businessweek took into account all four major sports in the United States and ranked the Tampa Bay Rays as the smartest spending team across the board while the St. Louis Rams came in dead last.

The rankings were based on payroll per wins, with bonuses for wins above .500, playoff wins, and championships.

Here’s an example by way of

In their Super Bowl winning season in 2011, for instance, the New York Giants got credit for 9 regular season wins, plus a .5 game bonus for their ninth win—the one that put them above .500. Their 4 playoff wins earned them 6.4 more wins. And the Super Bowl victory 8 more, for a total of 23.9 “weighted” wins.

Like the guys at ProHockeyTalk, we too are a little confused as to why wins above .500 gets bonus points. Either way though this continues to justify that Ken Holland is still the best GM in the NHL and perhaps could shed some more light (like we really needed any more) as to why he didn’t do a whole lot this offseason (NHL lockout anyone? Cap probably getting lowered).

Here’s how the entire NHL ranked…

1. Detroit
2. Pittsburgh
3. Boston
4. Chicago
5. San Jose
6. Los Angeles
7. Philadelphia
8. Vancouver
9. Nashville
10. Washington
11. New Jersey
12. Phoenix
13. Montreal
14. NY Rangers
15. Dallas
16. Anaheim
17. Tampa Bay
18. Carolina
19. St. Louis
20. Colorado
21. NY Islanders
22. Florida
23. Buffalo
24. Ottawa
25. Winnipeg
26. Minnesota
27. Calgary
28. Columbus
29. Edmonton
30. Toronto

h/t: Businessweek,

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