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11-04-2013, 10:38 AM
Playa Hejda
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Originally Posted by Pennertration View Post
I guess, but the word "rebuild" implies a plan or at least an intention to suck and reap rewards through the draft.

A team that targets high-priced FAs, goes after old players or tries to plug holes and sucks in spite of these efforts is not rebuilding - they just suck. A rebuilding team doesn't do the Penner offer sheet, sign Khabibulin or try to sign Hossa to a long, restrictive contract. They just don't.

Flames rebuild, for example, didn't start with drafting Baertschi. It began with trading away Iggy and JayBo.
So could you make the argument for the Oilers it started when they were forced to trade Christopher Robert Pronger only the esteemed management team didn't realize it?

Side note: I always thought his middle name was Francis, not sure why.

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