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06-30-2013, 12:13 PM
Blind Gardien
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I think we _are_ in a "win-now" situation. And it should be a perpetual one. It's not a "Win the Stanley Cup now or blow it up" situation. It's an "okay, we were 2nd in the conference and were embarrassed a bit in the playoffs, but we can strive to make a few strategic tweaks and try to win more next season" situation. But it still comes down to wins. Winning more is important, the players will learn more and develop more as they get a bit further into the playoffs. You have to try to improve in that sense, and I just think it would be entirely counter-productive to trade Plekanec in that respect.

Trade guys who are actually impending UFAs if your failing at all that, whatever, for example if Gionta or Markov are in that situation and we are taking a step back at the trade deadline. But otherwise, the default plan should be onwards and upwards. It's incremental. You don't want to take incremental steps backward that foil everything else you're trying to do.

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