So let me understand. The last 3 years, with more talent we get sent home early. That is ok? if we couldn't win the SC or even get close with better teams, how is staying the same going to be better? Another 1 round exit is better than a couple of high end picks, or young up and coming players? When Datsyuk and Z walk, sometime over the next 2-5 years, we are done, baring a major change. can that happen solely by the draft? yes. Does our % improve with more draft picks? yes it does. Would it be better to move a proven vet that is still very veyr good and get some NHL ready guys now? yes. if we say moved datsyuk, you still have plenty of vets and leadership on the team to show the younger guys the way to play. if all the vets are gone, who does that?
I am not saying anything is easy, far from it. But this why GM's get paid millions of dollars per year.
You sir are wrong, we have a new weapon come playoff time in Brunner, who likes to shoot, and is damn good at scoring. We have a young defense that is finally starting to click and is learning how to shut teams out. We have more grit then the last three years with tootoo. With Franzen playing the way he has thus far, I would not be surprised to see him play in the playoffs the way he did in 08'. This team is different in many ways then it was last year.