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09-30-2011, 03:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Joetimo View Post
We all agree Poile has put us in a great position, but now it is time to take it up a notch and push to the top. We haven't seen that this offseason, we continue to see it as we get closer to camp.
Um... Last year we all called for a youth movement. We said that Halischuk, Geoffrion, Blum, Ellis, Bourque, etc were all ready to step in and play NHL minutes. We ALL said that what was holding us back were players like JP, Sullivan, Goc (who was on a list of redundant players like him and Ward), O'Brien, and Boullion. Now that we have shed these players from our roster, we replace them with YOUNGER, more talented (currently, much less in the future) players that have higher ceilings.

To me, that IS getting better. Just because we didn't waste $2-5M on a player that will give us 30-45 points doesn't mean we didn't get better. In sports with minor leagues (baseball & hockey), all of the time teams get better through their minor league system -- unless you are the red sox and yankees (in which case Youk, Pedroia, Ellsbury, Jeter, Gardner, Cano, MoRivera, Posada, etc all came from their minor league system -- so that exception is not technically true).

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