My thoughts exactly. Why 'rebuild' a team that almost made the playoffs and was one of the best teams in the league when they played well (the first half of the season)? I'd rather just use the ton of cap space we have now to Chara and Elias.
I still don't think people realize just how big a mess Taylor created.
DL inherits a team with very little scoring depth, a defense that has three huge, bloated contracts in Matty, Sopel and Miller, and two backup goaltenders.
There was no future #1 goalie in the system (there is now ), and there isn't much for defense prospects either.
Pretty much the only decent thing DT left was a nice group of young forwards in Frolov, Cammalleri, Brown, Kopitar, Tukonen and Boyle. And I think he added really nicely to that by getting O'Sullivan for Demitra.
I think to get to a Cup level is going to take a few years, but if DL plays his cards right, adds a big level UFA, a couple of mid level guys and a true #1 goaltender to hold the reigns for a few years until Bernier is ready, I think the Kings could be somewhat decent next season, not a contender, but not the 06 Blues either.
there was a quote somewhere that where DL said it is going to take 3 years to get to the level that San Jose is now, sounds like rebuilding to me.
What I think that that means is that it'll take 3 years for all of this youth to mature and become consistent contributers. Last season, 20 of the Sharks' 23 players were 29 years old or younger. It's quite a feat for a team so young to be so good, and that enabled them to not have to rely on lots of veterans. In 3 years, the Kings will, simiarly, have a huge crop of players in their 20s, and hopefully, just as good (and unreliant on veterans). That's what Lombardi meant, IMO.