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11-04-2013, 10:53 AM
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Originally Posted by Playa Hedja View Post
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.
You can make any argument you want. Again, I see a rebuild to mean some kind of plan - a plan to suck, if you will. Or at least to endure sucking while you do a season or two of assessment and then follow that up with drafting high and supporting those cornerstone players with a good team.

I don't think the Pronger trade or the Smyth trade was the start of a plan to suck - they just happened to suck in spite of their best efforts after those events.

I actually don't see how the timeline is that difficult to grasp but I think you need to have a clear definition of the word rebuild - and not everyone agrees on what that is.

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