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06-22-2012, 02:26 PM
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I made this point fairly far back, so I will repeat it in this context.
At this point (the longest playoff drought in the league with no sign of improving)... it is likely VERY damaging for the Leafs to continue to miss the playoffs.
After losing for so long, you just get into a cycle where you keep losing your players to free agency as fast or faster than you can draft new players. I mean already... who is your longest serving Leaf? Kulemin?
The only way to stop the exodus is to overpay the players to stay (no one wants to lose forever)... that really removes ability to build a winner when every contract is a bad value under the cap.
This year's draft pick is likely going to be a couple of seasons away from being an NHL regular, and most likely a couple of years beyond that before being a significant contributor at the top of the roster (pretty safe that they aren't going to be a complete bust). That puts you 2-4 more years down the road and a lot more existing roster players gone.
Just look at next summer. You have it appears to be exactly 3 forwards signed for the 2013-2014 season.... 4 holes in the top 6 to fill. Add in a couple of RFAs who will likely re-sign and you have 5 forwards committed to your club and maybe a couple of young guys who may be ready to be promoted.
If you don't think that making the playoffs this year and showing some significant improvement and commitment to winning is important, I don't think you are considering A LOT of factors.
You bring up Kulemin being the Leafs longest serving Leaf. What does that have to do with anything? Name a couple big name players the Leafs have lost to free agency over the years.
What indication is there that the Leafs have to overpay to keep their players? Any re-signing that has been made by Burke has been right up there with market value as well as taking each individual player's potential into account.
So what if we have 3 forwards signed for the 2013-14 season? The only forward that is worth being re-signed is Lupul. Not to mention, there are MANY teams that have few forwards signed for the 2013-14 season. The Canucks have 6 forwards signed for the 2013-14 season.
It's pretty funny that Vancouver fans are trying to convince us Leafs fans that Burke needs to sell the farm for Luongo so the Leafs can squeak into the playoffs.
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