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10-29-2003, 02:03 PM
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Originally Posted by disles1
Now I realize this has been beaten to death but ---after the 1999-2000 season if Mad Mike had not made ANY trades (good or bad) and built the team from within with draft picks---we would have had a great young team that could have competed for the CUP EVERY YEAR!!! AS opposed to a good team that will struggle to make the playoffs and come up short because management will not pay for that EXTRA player. The team:

Isbister Spezza Gaborik/Heatley
Pyatt Jokinen Czerkawski
Torres Connolly Bergenheim

Brewer Jonsson
Chara Mezei


Oh Well ---I guess we have to be happy with a competitive team that will lose in the playoffs.
The idea of having a solid team on the ice now is to get an average amount of fans in the stands. You're lineup is nice and full of potential, but there would have been 6,000 people per game in the stands for the last 2 years while those guys develop and things start to click.

Now at least they can take thier time to develop their prospects(Nilsson, Bergenheim, DiPietro, Gervais, etc) while being a competitive franchise and maybe winning a round or two in the playoffs each year.

Wang and Milbury want to build through the draft, that is why Wang is not going to shell out more $ for a player or 2.

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