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10-26-2011, 09:43 AM
Bleed Ranger Blue
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In my opinion, there were 3 moments where this team could have gotten really serious about a rebuild.

1. When Sather first took over in 2000 - didnt do it, chugged along with aging names and continued failure.

2. 2004 - This is the closest we got, but outside of a couple of picks that have worked out, we really netted nothing of significance in the great purge of 2004. Plus we kept Jagr, which really defeats the agenda of a rebuild anyhow.

3. 2008 - After Jagr left. If there was a theoretical time to trade Lundqvist, this would've been it. But the fanbase would've revolted if Sather got rid of his most popular player with all the additional horrendous contracts the team was saddled with.

Point is, Sather has been unwilling to make the sacrifices necessary to truly rebuild a team, and hes not going to start now - and starting means trading Lundqvist...and probably Richards and Gaborik while you're at it.

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