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02-04-2013, 10:11 AM
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Originally Posted by NotProkofievian View Post
That's a pretty narrow view of the situation. It's true in some basic "boundary-condition" sense, but devoid of any sort of strategy, beyond goosing the throttle on every UFA and trade deadline because "this might be our year."

Having more talent on your team, especially elite talent, probably improves the odds that you'll win the cup in the next few years more than simply squeaking in. If your team is already among the best teams in the league, then what you said is certainly true; however, we are not one of the best teams in the league. It stands to reason that we ought to be improving the chances we do have in any given playoffs, rather than concentrating on making every playoffs.

Drafting isn't the only way to get elite talent into your organization: it just happens to be the best way. Elite talent in your organization is also not a sufficient condition for winning the cup; however, it is necessary.
When did I say we should be devoid of strategy or always trade for rentals at the deadline? You need to properly evaluate your team, and if you are a not a playoff team without making any deadline moves then you should sell assets you won't be keeping. Being a 7th-8th place team doesn't stop you from continuing to build your team though.

We have pretty consistently made the playoffs since Gainey took over, we rebuilt through the draft (Started with A. Savard), we never tanked and yet still managed to become a contender one year, arguably could've stayed a contender for several seasons if Gainey didn't blow it up, and had a deep run in another year.

And I disagree that sitting at the bottom for years on end is the best way to aquire elite talent.

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