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08-09-2011, 02:46 AM
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Originally Posted by SK13 View Post
It started with a team that was almost identical to one that choked away a playoff spot in the previous March. 500+ man games to injuries that year. We obviously did not tank for Taylor Hall.

But they didn't make much effort to improve that summer. Why would they? They cleared spots for younger players and started focusing on the future. They outwardly used words like "rebuild", and promoted a coach who they felt was better at teaching younger players than Pat Quinn.

Is "not going out of your way to add players and improve" tanking? To me, tanking is flushing assets at the 11th hour to lose games and get a high pick. The Oilers have never done that.
Exactly. You can also bet your sweet ass that the players themselves don't give up / tank on the ice.

When the management of a team comes out and says rebuild when everyone knows that would be the best plan going forward, you know they're being realistic instead of fooling everyone with a delusional 're-tooling' effort.

Last edited by DJENTLEMAN: 08-09-2011 at 10:48 PM.
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