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01-09-2014, 09:47 AM
eco's bones
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Originally Posted by GAGLine View Post
I'm not the least bit concerned about that. They get paid to play. Henrik knew the state of the team when he signed the contract. Both can be traded if they don't want to play here any more.

That being said, I don't think we are talking about a 10 year plan here. And re-tooling isn't rebuilding. We still have a lot of quality young players and we would be adding to that through trade. Free agency can be used to supplement the roster. Short term commitments.

Trading Girardi won't have as big of a negative impact on this team as some think. And even if it does, even if we end up finishing bottom 5 next year, so what? So we get a good pick in a very deep draft and maybe get the kind of talent this team hasn't had in forever. Girardi isn't the linchpin that is going to set this team back to the dark years.
You're the one that doesn't 'think' it will have a big impact--but your 'even if it does' turns it into an I'm not sure. I expect it will have an impact for at least the rest of this year and next year--beyond that I'm not sure--so it's just a guessing game what either of us think. Theory and practice and then the reality of what theory and practice eventually equal is ?. I'm sure you're aware though that a lot of teams when they get in the habit of missing the playoffs have a very hard time making them again. Just saying--it can be like falling down a hole--you just don't know where you'll end up.

You get talented guys from picking early in a draft--but winning teams have to have more elements than just talent--they have to have a positive collective mindset for one. Our own lineup is dotted with very early 1st round picks--Nash, Pouiot, Brassard--these are also some of our least determined game in and game out guys. McDonagh was drafted pretty early but by a Montreal team but there are always expectations from that organization.

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