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11-28-2013, 05:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Paul4587 View Post
I'll agree to disagree. I went over the assets we had in another thread a while ago it wasn't that dire. Cap space was an issue I'll give you that and depth past Pronger/Nieds/Beauch on the backend was also an issue. Burke left 3 awesome pieces up front in Getz/Perry/Ryan with a prime Kunitz all under contract, you should never have to undergo a rebuild with those pieces in place.

As for the expiring contracts, they were all quality assets that Murray was able to use to generate prospects/picks from (Bonino being the best example of someone we received).
I'm not saying it was bad (lottery ticket rebuild level) but I just don't think a situation with as many holes as he had and no ability to fill those holes with free agents (due to the cap) or appropriately from within (because the prospects needed were sent elsewhere) can be described as "pretty good" either. He had one dominant line, one legitimate 2nd line player, Ryan who wasn't really proven yet, no legitimate 3rd line players, and no defensive depth past the #3 (taking free agents into account). No rebuild necessary, but absolutely a retool to be anything other than a bubble playoff team. One line teams don't amount to anything.

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