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08-07-2012, 08:17 PM
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Originally Posted by FANonymous View Post
The thing is, we didn't trade Nash away to free up space so we could sign someone. We signed nobody. Perhaps that will be something utilized in the future to sign someone but unused cap space isn't really an asset during the season unless you're looking to acquire a high priced contract as the season goes on. It's pretty doubtful the jackets are going to make any kind of a trade or signing using a large portion of that space at this point. Most likely we will temporarily mortgage that cap space with another team's bad contract in exchange for bringing in some other middling prospect.

And we're not talking about a team that is "slightly less skilled" we're talking about a team now completely bereft of a single top line talent going against teams that do have that talent. The difference between a true first liner and a true 2nd liner is larger than the difference between a 4th liner and an average beer leaguer, that's why first line players cost so much money.
I don't disagree with your points here. We aren't nearly as skilled as most of the other teams in the NHL, and we definitely did not go out and sign any big name free agents. The thing is, we have to establish something before we can attract any big name free agents (not that there were many this year). And, we have to establish a competing group before we can look at bringing in any young skill that matters. Look at some of the guys who have failed here because they weren't forced to battle for their spots in the lineup, or because they simple weren't showed the right way.

With the team we have now, we aren't going to be great, but I can assure you that the days of the carefree Jackets are coming to an end. Certainly, that wasn't completely Rick Nash's fault; but as was mentioned above, he wasn't capable of doing it on his own. Which comes back to the added assets/salary allotment thing. Hypothetically, this team doesn't improve much in the standings this year; but they establish a group of guys who don't back down from a challenge, who bind together instead of fall apart, and use the three first round picks next year to not only bring in some young talent, but perhaps attract some free agent talent that may not have signed here before. And, we'll have the cap space to do it.

A rebuild takes time. We weren't going to trade Rick Nash and get back guys who were going to turn this around right away. We knew going in that we wouldn't be getting a Jeff Skinner or Ryan McDonagh, and those teams made it very clear that it wouldn't happen when it was mentioned. It might not work, you're right. But, something had to be done. The formula just wasn't right.

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