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12-30-2009, 03:12 PM
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Originally Posted by wolfgaze View Post

The only condition in which it's acceptable not to finish as high as you could manage in the standings is for your organization's GM & Owner to make the conscious decision to rely on young, inexperienced players to fill out the bulk of their roster, which is for the better of the organization in the not too distant future.... It's accomplished not by organization directives but by roster moves/decisions.

In other words... You don't intend to finish poorly because you want a high draft pick.... You shape your roster around young players and finishing poorly is a byproduct if their lack of experience and the high draft pick is a byproduct of you finishing poorly.... That's the only conditions in which it's justifiable...

This is the best definition of the argument of playing/developing youth
and rebuilding. This is the only way anyone should ever look at the issue. It's not about "tanking", it's about rebuilding the most efficient way, in this NHL.

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