Understanding the Rebuild
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08-22-2013, 01:53 PM
Fancyman of Cornwood
Join Date: Sep 2012
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First, this Oilers comparison is weak because this method of rebuild has always been in used in sports, regardless of the sport.
But let's take the Oilers for example. They've gathered the following (likely)
during the course of their rebuild: Hall, Eberle, Yakupov, RNH, Schultz. Such
of talents that are required to win a cup.
If the Flames were to continue playing these "secondary players" and justify the Canes 06 Cup as the model for a successful franchise, they would have a harder to time gathering the elite talents required to win it all. Its harder gethering elite level guys via trades and free agency when you're in the midst of a rebuild.
That calibre of player is not necessarily required to win a cup. I'm surprised that the Boston Bruins of the past few years haven't raised a few eyebrows. Which top-5 draft pick or elite superstar talent has it been that's made them a cup contender? This is a team that has built itself up because all of their mid-first round and second round picks were well-selected and well-developed.
The Bruins have one superstar player in Zdeno Chara who was a project picked up in free agency. They have a whole host of very effective forwards, but none of them is going to put up 100 points. And they can win games in June.
If you're looking for a model of the kind of team you can put together without tanking, that's it.
I've forgotten what this discussion is about.
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