The Out of Town Thread part XLIX All talk from around the league here
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02-23-2013, 04:33 PM
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Canberra, Australia
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''Tanking'' is just one more way of acquiring good players.
Its just very slow, painful and not necessarily much better than regular good drafting combined with acute trading and acquisition of key free agents.
What about tanking combined with good drafting and acute trading and acquisition of key free agents?
Compare the Oilers to the Kings.
The Kings had 3 lottery picks. They traded one of them (Brayden Schenn) for a missing piece: Mike Richards. Then they won a cup.
They also traded Colton Teubert (high pick) for Dustin Penner -- with the Oilers. Kings then won a cup. Oilers finished last and drafted Yakupov.
When will the Oilers trade Yakupov or Hall for first solid defensive minute eater they need? Never (I suspect), they don't want to accelerate the process. Maybe this year they draft Barkov, and their defense will still suck.
Have they signed any key free agents recently other than Schultz? No. Why not?
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