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01-12-2014, 02:45 PM
RIP Al Arbour
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Long Island, NY
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The point is exactly that this team has improved. Isn't that the point of rebuilding? I'd also like to remind everyone of the FACT that this rebuild was done entirely through the draft, and at the start of this season six of the last seven first rounders were still developing in the minors.
Now we have Strome, de Haan and Nelson contributing, with Reinhart likely getting in next season. We're at the tail and of the rebuild, but still very much in the rebuild.
And I fully stand by my statement that anyone who isn't happy with the speed of the rebuild is being completely irrational. No team goes from where we came from to a contender as fast as some of you would like. And if they did, they aren't going to maintain that success for long, because it would mean they did it by signing every UFA under the sun (something we were never able to do).
It was hailed as a 5-year rebuild plan when it was a 7-8 year plan in reality. 5 years if everything panned out and 8 years with realistic expectations. It's been painful, but we have a good situation. Vanek re-signs and this team is poised to make noise starting next season. The #1 priority is to get a goalie and conditions are favorable to get one and still be fiscally responsible. Our top prospects are all advanced in their development and not some pimple faced 18 year old being asked to be a savior. The plan is meticulously being put together. People say we are 2 top-4 d-men and a goalie away... we very well could be and are doing it with a cap floor team. It's MoneyPuck at it's finest.
Even if a new owner came in and cleaned house tomorrow, the new regime has a lot of flexibility and assets to work with. Even still, all the major assets fit the puzzle that the Isles have been putting together.
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