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11-09-2013, 03:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Bleed Ranger Blue View Post
I agree, but 75% of this team are free agents this summer. The roster turnover is coming again whether we like it or not.

The best thing for this organization would be to take it on the chin this year, bring in new management, and start from scratch. None of those things will happen.
Nor should those things happen. Let's all be honest, the best shot we have at a Cup is with Lundqvist. Whether anyone wants to admit it or not. That means our next 3-5 years are the absolute window. Taking it on the chin and losing and tanking will do nothing but set the process back.

Starting from scratch in this league is a rough battle getting back to being in the top of the league. Look at teams like Edmonton and Florida and Buffalo...drafting high in every draft the past 5 years. What has it gotten them? Getting a high pick doesn't even guarantee you a game breaking player. Not every team picking high can be as lucky as Washington or Pittsburgh or Chicago.

Our best shot is to resign our core parts, Lundqvist, Cally, Girardi, Kreider, Zucc possibly. Even Boyle...people rip on him but players like him are HUGE parts of championship teams. Even entertain the idea of retaining Richards if he keeps up his play and stays at the level of a 1/2C tweener. Having a solid Richie for the open window of 3-5 years could be worth the penalty down the road. Plus the cap is going up, his salary will soon be the salary of all 1/2C players, and if it helps us while our window is open it could be worth it and deal with the dead cap space penalty down the road. But mainly re-sign Lundqvist, keep the core and stay the course. Everyone is so negative, but with a goalie like Hank, core players like Cally, Step, Nash, Staal, McD, G, Hags, Kreider, Boyle...winning isn't as crazy as people make it seem.

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