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02-01-2013, 12:34 PM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: New York
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Iginla and Kipper have, what, 2 or 3 more years of being difference makers in them. Kipper may have already started to hit the slide. What is the sense in keeping them when you are, to be realistic, probably not going to make the playoffs this year, and barring something unexpected(and unlikely) happening this summer in free agency, not going to make them next year either?
The Flames have Baertschi and then...several ordinary prospects. Exactly where is the cavalry coming from? What happens when Iginla\Kipper retire? Who is stepping in?
On the flipside, being a competitively viable team is much more realistic if you flipped Iginla for, to use an example, Beau Bennett or Olli Matta and a first. Kiprusoff to Chicago for Brandon Pirri.
See what I'm saying? I think you're operating under the assumption that you could be a "good" team in the time thats left in the career of Iginla. Even if you could be average enough to make the playoffs, making any kind of meaningful cup run is unlikely, so doesn't it make more sense to suck it up and get some true building blocks so you don't end up mired in a rut like the one you've been in, the last 9 years?
Exactly. You don't have to trade away everyone over 25, but you need to make a realistic assessment of 1) when is the team likely to contend; and 2) who will still be around at that time. The rest should be moved, if the right deal is there, for players that will help when the team is ready to contend.
Beefing up your scouting and development and rebuilding through the draft is great, but it is a long-term solution. In the short-term, you have a mediocre team. Your short-term assets aren't going to be of value when the long-term plan begins to pay dividends.
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