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08-30-2011, 11:06 AM
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Waiting, hoping, and praying for all those young players to mature to contribute is a strategy best used by teams that are rebuilding. Teams like Edmonton, Islanders, etc.

We're realistically one piece from serious cup contention (not just pat on the head "what an effort by that scrappy team" contention), this is not the time to throw a half-dozen youngsters into the fire and keep your fingers crossed. Especially when you don't necessarily have to, with the extra budget room we have to spend.

On top of that, the window's closing. Weber's got one foot out the door. We can weather that if we can lock up Suter/Rinne long term. But we don't know if we can do that.

Hoping for a return from Radulov is like a guy who is holding off on paying his bills hoping he wins the lottery. It's a longshot, and by the time he comes back, this team might be dismantled.
Not to say we are close to this, but there is another end of that spectrum. Chicago won a cup with a bunch of young players. We obviously aren't going to win a Cup with this roster unless we have a ton of luck, but as the youngest team in the play offs we took Vancouver to six games in the second round. There are always two sides, and usually an in between. We aren't on either end right now.

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