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10-22-2013, 01:25 PM
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Originally Posted by NYR Viper View Post
The examples are out there for teams who took a step back for a season or 2 and then took big leaps forward. Philly did it the year they drafted JVR. The Bruins did it shortly after selecting Kessel. The Devils picked Larsson and then went to the Finals the year after. Are these players instrumental right away? Most likely not. The point is, just because you "tank" one season doesn't mean it has to be a long process.

It's hard to tell this season but Colorado and Nashville look like good teams and both picked highly last year.

Montreal sucked, picked Galchenyuk, made the playoffs. It goes on and on.
I agree. This is a good team when healthy. Just need that top 6 winger to put them over the top, maybe another PMD. This isn't a team that really needs to a big rebuild, they aren't bad enough for one. We've got plenty of pieces, it's just the pieces we're missing are almost impossible to come by. If we draft Sam Reinhart or Aaron Ekblad this season, it would be awesome, it fills a need and we go into next season even stronger after one tough one.

OTOH, with all the expiring contracts, I really wonder how far away this team might be from needing a rebuild.

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