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10-10-2013, 06:23 PM
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One thing is for certain - building a team through free agency is not the way to go. Most players who hit free agency are either past their prime or in the midst of their prime, so the window for them to be at their most productive is short. And many of the generational talents that we would be interested in are probably going to be retained by their teams anyway.

Drafting is the best option because it will give the team young, cost-controlled talent in their prime years. How to go about drafting that talent is the issue. They would need to bring in some brilliant hockey minds and excellent scouts to do what Detroit did with their late round draft picks on a consistent basis. Personally, I like what Boston did with Kessel - trade one of our young players for a bunch of 1st and 2nd round picks to a rebuilding team so we have a better chance of drafting in the top 5. It would probably mean parting with Stepan or McD though.

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