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07-16-2005, 01:51 PM
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Originally Posted by dedalus
The easy answer is to buy out both of them. If the team wants to align itself at a run for Thornton, Lecavalier, or their like, it had better begin planning now.

1. Buy out both (and Jagr), open the cap space, and KEEP IT OPEN.
2. Ice a team consisting of mostly rookies and young players, a few AHL/NHL borderliners, and a couple of NHL character players who know how to instill all the right things in kids.
3. Play the season as if the team were a rebuilding team. Translation: the #1 job is to train the kids well, not to make the playoffs.
4. Collect your top-3 draft pick at the end of the season.
5. Make a bid for a young franchise UFA if one happens to be on the market next year. If he's not, keep the cap space open and continue to develop talent. Let the rebuilding continue.
that's really the best long term solution. too bad it's coming after 7 freaking years of below mediocre play. nothing like having to wait several more years for us to get back into contention. let's hope they do it right this time....there's no excuse not too.

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