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10-09-2013, 02:04 PM
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Originally Posted by PK Pilot 76 View Post
Right, but if we're just going to win 5 playoff series in the next 8 years with Hank's replacement, it's better to tear it down and start building an actual winner from the ground up with strong picks. Moreover, do you think we win those 5 series if not for Hank, or even make the playoffs some years? Hank is a huge reason we even got that far; we're WORSE without him. So put a worse goalie in net and expect to see worse results. Point being, the team is not good enough to REALLY compete. If we're not keeping Henrik, we're DEFINITELY not good enough to compete. If that's the case, we might as well actually fail so that we can build properly, rather than staying afloat as a 7th seed and always drafting in the middle where we get no help.
Agreed. We're closer to a bottom five team without him than a true contender with him. Without Lundqvist you would have seen two first round exits each of the last two years. Instead we saw a 2nd and 3rd round playoff appearance.

A team with Stepan, Nash, Richards, Callahan, etc, is not built as a contender. Compare that to Hossa, Kane, Toews, Sharp, NOR do we have the kind of defense of Keith, Seabrook Hjalmarsson in Chicago. We don't have the depth of Bergeron, Lucic, Krecji, Iginla, Marchand or Eriksson of the Boston Bruins. We don't have the elite high end talent that the Penguins have in Crosby and Malkin. This team, as it's built right now, is not a contender nor close to it. Look to teams like the LA, Pittsburgh, Boston, Chicago, San Jose, etc, as teams built to contend. We're not close to that level.

The only way I even think about trading Lundqvist, who is our best chance to go anywhere in the post season, is if he still hasn't settled on an extension by the trade deadline and the team is outside of the playoffs. And let's face it, if Lundqvist doesn't like the way the team is playing and doesn't feel like they're a contender, he probably won't sign that extension.

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