Game #35| Mar. 31, 2013| Capitals at Flyers | 6:00 p.m. ET
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03-31-2013, 01:12 PM
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Wayne, Pa
To put it mildly, I am not a proponent of any team tanking in the hopes of landing a higher draft pick. First of all, it cheats the game. It cheats the paying customers. It also cheats the team's coach who is likely fighting for his job. Secondly, there is no one player in ANY draft who is going to singlehandedly turn a pile of manure into a stairwell to the Stanley Cup.
That does not mean Flyers' management should not be realistic in assessing the team's status heading into the trade deadline. It makes sense to sell off tradeable assets -- especially desirable impending unrestricted free agents -- to stockpile a few more draft picks, and I am in favor of doing so.
However, as far the players and coaches go, being sellers at the deadline never means it's OK to stop competing at hard as possible. Jobs for next season are at stake and personal and professional pride alone should make the thought of tanking unpalatable to anyone the Flyers should actually WANT to have around in the future.
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