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02-27-2013, 08:17 PM
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Calculon
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To suggest never rebuilding or going with a youth movement ever again simply because it was tried once and failed is incredibly asinine and at best, epitomizes Saturday morning cartoon logic.

The reasons why the Flames first attempt at a youth movement failed, why the Islanders youth movement failed, why Columbus, Florida, Atlanta and so on failed, was because of inept and shoddy management. Can that happen in Calgary again? Absolutely, especially if the rumors of a meddling ownership are true.

But that doesn't mean it shouldn't be attempted because as it stands, drafting and developing players is the only way to develop a winner. You can't build a team through free agency or through trades. Those two routes can only supplement a roster. Relying on either one of those methods is a recipe for failure. One would think management would realize the inherent contradiction and hypocrisy in their policy - a youth movement failed once before and thus, should be approached with extreme caution or just avoided altogether. Yet, the veteran heavy focus, with an emphasis on acquiring talent through free agency or through trades hasn't worked whatsoever. But that method should never be abandoned or reformatted, because, well, why not?

In any case, the debate over Calgary going through a youth movement is not a question of whether they should or should not initiate one, it's whether they should initiate one now when they still have assets to trade to speed up the process, or whether they should wait until they fall into one, when the core of this team moves and they have to start the whole process at the bottom rung. It's not a question of if, but rather, when.

And the reason for the well deserved pessimism to this teams position thus far rises out of three years of similar failures and four years previous to that of first round playoff exits. The team simply does not deserve the benefit of the doubt any longer. Every chance the team has had this season to go above .500, they've squandered. They've already played more than a quarter of the season; there simply isn't the time for another wait and see approach. The organization simply can't afford another 9th place finish. So the question is, do you want a 6 year or longer rebuild after Iginla walks in the off-season and Kipper retires to Finland or the chance for something shorter if they and other players are traded by the deadline or off-season?

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