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01-20-2013, 03:35 AM
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Originally Posted by bsl View Post
Thanks for accidentally supporting the rebuild then contend argument.

Most of us have explicitly stated that a short, intelligent two year surgical rebuild should be followed by a year of development, followed by contending.

Most of us have also stated that at no time during the 3-4 year rebuild and early contention phase should you trade quality youth or high picks. You will need this talented youth in the true contending years.

We instead have stated more than once, should you bother to check, that when the true contending stage is achieved, in other words consistent top 6 status, over 2 years, with late playoff runs that do not depend only on luck, that is acceptable in that year or two cup window to trade picks or youth for the additional talented Vet that may win you a cup.

This is an ongoing and complex discussion, please refer to older threads to get yourself up to speed on this topic, and you are of course welcome to debate!
Realistic timeline for a surgical rebuild:

- Trade away a couple veterans near the deadline, whoever is willing to trade his NTC and whoever can extract good value on the trade market.
- Give a lot of ice time wherever appropriate to our prize prospects.
- Draft a top-6 pick in the 1st round (Jones, Lindholm, Monahan, Mackinnon, Druin, Barkov), draft good guys with our three 2nd round picks, also use up an additional 1st and 2nd rounder if we're lucky from our sales.
- On the UFA market, throw gold at players like Corey Perry. If we can't get the best guys, move on. Don't settle for offering good contracts to your second choices as Gainey used to do. At best, offer some overpriced 1-year contracts as a low risk high reward option.

- Go for 8th place. No young teams ever make noise in the playoffs on their first shot, but it's a good learning experience. See the Pittsburgh Penguins being eliminated by the Ottawa Senators a few years back in round 1.
- Beaulieu, Tinordi, Ellis, Kristo, etc should be putting together a great campaign in Hamilton. Leave them there for further maturation, but give them 4-game callups for development purposes, with easy minutes, and send them back down.
- Galchenyuk needs to be put in a position to do very well, even at the expense of the rest of the team.
- On the UFA market, throw gold at players like Evgeni Malkin. If we can't get the best guys, move on. Don't settle for offering good contracts to your second choices as Gainey used to do.

- All six of our veteran contracts (Plekanec, Markov, Gionta, Bourque, Cole, Kaberle) have now expired or been traded away hopefully, clearing 28 million in cap space. Hopefully we've rocked the UFA market by now.
- Galchenyuk and Eller are now our 1st and 2nd line centers. Any 2 of Tinordi, Beaulieu, Ellis, Diaz, should be among our bottom-4 dmen.
- Our top-6 pick from the 2013 draft should be contributing in a secondary capacity.
- Subban, Pacioretty, Price, and Emelin are in their prime.
- Out of Collberg, Kristo, our additional picks from 2013, Bozon, Hudon, (that's 7 guys) we should hopefully have two contributing in a secondary capacity.
- This team is not a favorite to win the cup, but it's a dark horse.

- Make appropriate changes to have a team that is a favorite to win the cup, of the type such as LA trading Jack Johnson for Jeff Carter. Hopefully as good as teams like Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, etc are this year.

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