Thread: Speculation: Rebuild Flames already
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07-29-2012, 03:23 PM
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The problem with the idea of the full-out rebuild for teams like Oilers or Flames is that they are not Flyers or Rangers who can sign top free agents every summer, which basically leaves little alternative to 4-5 years of basement dwelling with no guaranteed reward down the road.

Oilers got a bit "lucky" with three straight 1st overall picks due to an insane amount of injuries in some of these years, but the Flames could well end up with 3 picks in let's say 3-10 range (let's say 3d, 8th and 5th overall). Is it reasonable to expect that in 5 years' time Bartschi and the rough equivalent of Gudbrandson, Couturier, Rielly will form the core that is substantially better than Kiprussof, Iginla, Bouwmeester in the present? I don't the expectation is very reasonable.

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