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12-30-2009, 03:32 PM
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Nick00
 
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Originally Posted by wolfgaze View Post
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 brings up an interesting point about where you draw the line between so called "tanking" and "rebuilding".
I think that what you described above is often labeled "tanking" in a derogatory manner by people who argue that an organization should ice the most skilled roster possible at all costs.
However you could easily make the case that it's the beginning of an honest rebuilding phase.
That's what I'd like to see. A team rebuilt around youth, from the bottom up.

I think the whole idea of losing on purpose is more of a message board conspiracy theory than anything, and therefore it's merits are not worth debating.

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