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02-28-2013, 01:14 PM
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Manitoba, Canada
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His directive from management when he first arrived was to build a contender while remaining competitive. That is why he pursued Drury and Chara when he first arrived. After the 2nd season he convinced AEG that signing UFAs was not the way to go and that a build through the draft and trades would be the only way.
That may be what is said, but I'll wager the reality is far different. If we were trying to remain competitive, we wouldn't have traded Demitra for a 1st and kid who spent the first half of the season on the farm, nor Belanger and Gleason for a college kid and a salary cap dump.
Actions speak loader than words. Adding guys like Chara, Drury, etc. are easy moves, in a rebuild or not, because all they cost you is cap space, not any assets towards a rebuild. We continued going after UFA's even after we did enter the rebuild. Every year we were in the running for one of the biggest UFA's, this message board is littered with threads about it, from Chara all the way to Brad Richards.
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