Big Trade or Tanking ?
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10-21-2011, 10:22 PM
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The Islanders of 15 years ago were not a rebuild. They never rebuilt. If anything, they are the classic example on why rebuilding makes sense.
They had picks and prospects that became: Luongo, Redden, Chara, Bertuzzi, McCabe, Spezza, Jokinen etc... Certainly that's the core of a contending team but they threw it all away. The did the opposite of rebuilding and traded for quick fixes that they thought would get them to 8th spot and in the playoffs. The Leafs did the same thing. You seem to think that finishing low in the standings = rebuild. It doesn't.
The were not a rebuilding club and we are nowhere near the situation that they were in 15 years ago. Its only recently that the Isles started from zero and actually hanging on to their picks - low and behold it's landed them John Tavares and they are a dark horse to actually make the playoffs this season.
We wouldn't be starting from ground zero. We already have a good young group of players to start building around with Price, Subban, MaxPac, Gorges, Eller etc... These guys are already playing in the NHL and their best years are ahead of them. I don't think our rebuild would take all that long. If we traded for picks and prospects we could have a good up and coming core in a couple of years.
And the fans wouldn't go anywhere. We've had 15 years of mediocrity, if they were going to leave and lose interest it would've happened long ago.
Trade assets for picks and prospects, then turn those picks into good players. Check.
But let Gauthier anywhere near that process? no way.
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