In the past, with unstable ownership or a "bottom line" profit focused owner, a rebuild was practically impossible. The fans wouldnt stand for it, and it would cost the owner.
But now, with Pegula, i expect the fan base would be far more supportive of a young, rebuilding franchise... with a fresh face behind the bench, and a new management group focused on building a contender over the long run, rather then trying to make fixes each year.
It's time to bottom out. Trade the Rochester core. Stock up on young talent, high picks, and let the talent grow up together while adding to the pool for 2-3 years while a new core goes through the struggles together.
Build around Myers, Kassian, McNabb, Ennis, Gerbe, Enroth, Adam, Armia, Pysyk, etc.
Get assets by trading as much of the Rochester core as possible. ESPECIALLY Roy and Miller.
We cannot endure this any longer, this whole group from management, to coaching staff, to the leadership in the lockerroom has broken the last straw...
BLOW UP THE EXISTING CORE
DO IT NOW... Before it's too late, and the team gets healthy. Because at that point, the will be a decent hockey team again, and they will be in the playoff picture again... and at best they will be 1 and done again... and then we have to do this all over again next year.
I say wait out the year atleast bit another first round exit and I wouldn't be upset with a rebuild. We could really get some good young players and picks from the Rochester core that would set up a superstar team 5 years from now
You can't tell the fanbase at large that you're going to blow it up and suck for 4-5 years 9 months into your term as owner.
Fire Ruff first, and see what happens.
sure you can... it would sound something like this...
"Look guys, I'm gonna spend a boatload of money, and we are going to get the best hockey guys in the business into our front office, and we are going to find the right coach... and the guys here for the last 5 seasons... they can't get it done. so we are going to start fresh, and with the resources available we should have this turned around in 2 years. are you with me?"