Could You Be Patient
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03-23-2010, 12:41 PM
Drop the puck
Join Date: Jan 2008
Unless the Flyers do a Rams-for-Colts trade, the current makeup of the team does not allow for a patient rebuild. There are too many big pieces to move out and not enough buyers in the NHL. Briere, Hartnell, Pronger, Timonen and at least one of Carter or Richards would all have to go. With a cap that's not likely to go up, that means making five separate trades, as you can't keep those salaries/ages (for some) around for 3-4 years of losing.
Some of us lived through the early '90s rebuild, so yes, we
do it. In the end, the Flyers only reached the Stanley Cup final once from that rebuild, and didn't even win a game. The Flyers ended up with some great players, but it's tough to say the five years out of the playoffs was worth it. Because it wasn't.
Oh, and that rebuild ... PAUL HOLMGREN was the coach through it. Unless the rebuild starts in the front office (and this isn't campaigning for Homer's head), I can't see a long-term effort working.
As for trying another summer quick-fix, that I can see happening. But as we've seen, the right moves are better than the splashy moves.
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