It's Time to Tank: Who Gets Moved
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02-17-2013, 07:27 PM
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Breaking news from around the League!!
The Kings have decided to give up on the season, they are a HORRIBLE 5-6-2 so far. The chance for LA to repeat as Champions is over with them being an insurmountable 4pts out of the playoffs and it's arguably impossible to come back from with only 35 games left.
Word from around the league is Sutter and Lombardi are ready to trade Doughty and Brown and tank the season to acquire a top 5 2013 draft pick. The top 5 pick will right the ship according to Lombardi and Co.
LA is obviously a better team than Florida and the likelihood of them making the playoffs is still very low.
They are also at a different stage than Florida. They have their team in place. It's just a matter of swapping parts out and keeping things going.
Florida still doesn't have their team. There are some pieces of a new core taking shape (Huberdeau, Shore, Gudbranson, Kulikov?) but a lot of pieces that are transitional after the breakup of the old core (Weiss, Horton, Booth, Bouwmeester). It makes a lot more sense for Florida to make "sellers trades" of players outside of that core than the Kings.
Last years success caught Tallon & company by surprise. He'll have no problems letting things ride this season, even if it means missing the playoffs. He'll have no problems selling at the deadline if the team is clearly out of contention (and despite superficial appearances, they are getting there very fast).
No team intentionally tanks...
but if you define "tanking" as something like...
"let the current team take its lumps, don't make any moves that cost future assets and leave Clemmensen in net while Markstrom plays in San Antonio"
I think Tallon will "tank". He's looking past this season.
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