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10-20-2013, 11:11 AM
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Originally Posted by jniklast View Post
But the Devils since have lost their top two (by a good margin) offensive threats, their franchise goalie is at the very end of his career and they generally have one of the older lineups. These things lead to a more or less automatic rebuild. Their GM was just stupid, so they don't have a 1st round pick this year and they can't start their rebuild yet.

Our situation is just completely different. If we can't keep Lundqvist, Staal and Callahan, then that would also be a pretty much automatic rebuild. Then I'd be absolutely on board with mailing in this and next season and trying to get a shot at McDavid. But keeping them is definitely prefered, as rebuilding is long and far from a sure thing. And for most rebuilds our current roster is the very best it gets. Pittsburgh and Chicago are the special cases, not the other way round.
The point is the same. Stop looking at what this team did 18 months ago - it's irrelevant. Now is what counts, not 18 months ago, not 12 months ago. That was two seasons past, live in the now.

There is no such thing as an automatic rebuild. Stop lying to yourself. That is a "retooling", which doesn't work. If rebuilding is long from a sure thing, what is what we have now? Because winning it all isn't happening any time soon with this crowd anyway. So you either commit to rebuilding, or you continue to put it off and then when you decide you want to rebuild, you realize you should have just done that in the first place.