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05-18-2013, 04:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Verviticus View Post
there's nothing about this year that lends itself to legitimate rebuilding or retooling. making moves now instead of a year from now when you have a legitimate top ten team isn't going to result in a better team in three years. if you really want optimal returns on assets you're going to have to wait until the year after

thankfully, the nhl made buyouts available for this year and next year. in my mind, if gillis wants to Do Rebuilding Right he's going to work as hard as humanly possible to not use buyouts on booth or ballard and try to work out trades for massively overpriced players at the deadline. if you have two buyouts to play with, it doesn't matter if you acquire brad richards or marian gaborik at the deadline because they're toast in the summer. if he can work it so he gets overpriced, good players as well as assets for taking over those ridiculous contracts, he can both make a really strong run and retool simultaneously

when you have this opportunity as the head of a rich club, i don't see why you don't take it. yeah, its going to offend the sensibilities of some fans that the team didn't massively change but you're going to get better results in the long term and medium term in exchange for poor optics and tell me, since when has this club given a **** about optics
So an optimal return on the Sedins is...letting them walk as UFA's for nothing? What happens in a year from now that would give us optimal returns? The only difference I see is that Edler and Burrows will have NTC's kick in and become untradeable.

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