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01-25-2013, 01:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Dirty Danglez View Post
I get what you are saying, but it is not an exact science. Tanking has only worked for Pittsburgh really. The blackhawks drafted 1st and 3rd to get kane and toews, but without signing hossa, stealing sharp from philly and drafting the likes of keith, byfuglien, versteeg, bolland etc in the later rounds, the blackhawks wouldn't have won.

Boston didn't tank... detroit didn't tank, edmonton did tank and look how long its taking them to even make the playoffs! It's not an exact science, although the odds are better for sure. I would not sacrifice a few ****** years for a chance of getting better.

No one expected the habs to draft 3rd overall last season, and now that they did (and they will probably get another high end prospect in this draft), there is no need to tank further by trading away proven vets. The cupboard is full (and will be fuller after this draft)... its time for the upswing! The pieces are in place.
Tons of teams tanked and won. Detroit were the Dead Thngs, the Avs drafted low forever, NJ tanked... Please don't say Chicago didn't tank because it's not true.

And dude, the purpose of rebuilding is to get superstars. If you don't have them, you're not going to win. Even in the very few cases where you could argue there wasn't a superstar on the team there was a player playing like a superstar that year. The Hurricanes who had Staal are probably the closest to a team without a superstar. Tampa wasn't great either. Other than that, most clubs had more than one.

The purpose of rebuilding is not to tank for the sake of it. And finishing at the bottom of the standings doesn't mean squat if you keep trading away picks (Toronto, Islanders)... its the means to an end.

Nobody is saying that you rebuild ONLY with the draft and that's it. We're saying you start with the draft and build from there. Of course you add FAs to flesh out the roster and if you can pick up a Hossa to help put you over you do it. Hell, I'm okay dealing picks and prospects once you become a contender... because at that point it makes sense to do it. Not when you aren't contenders though...

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