Thread: Bobby Ryan
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01-31-2013, 09:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Psuhockey View Post
You keep the veterans so you don't become Edmonton and the Islanders: teams building slowly thru the draft in the bottom five of the league for 5 years. Or like Pittsburgh did. As you can see by the reaction after 7 games, Flyers fans would never except a 5 year rebuild. You sign Bryz to cover for lapses by the young players. No team has ever won the cup without veterans either.
I wanted this team to become Edmonton for 2012 and 2013. It appears we're going to be Edmonton this year anyway in spite of Homer's stupidity . The whole point of a rebuild is that you aren't good for a year or two and you come back stronger than ever. A team w/ Giroux, Couturier, Schenn, Simmonds, Voracek, JVR, Hartnell, etc. was never going to languish on the bottom of the NHL for 5 years. But would it have been OK to miss the playoffs for 2 years while Schenn, Couturier, etc. mature? Absolutely. We could've gotten a couple chances @ landing the franchise defenseman we absolutely need. Instead, this team is going to be crippled now if/when Timonen retires or leaves. We have nobody that can even come close to filling the hole he's going to leave. Murray, Reinhart, Dumba, or Trouba might've done the trick there, but of course, we didn't get a chance at any of those guys.

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