Actually being bad for awhile getting really high draft picks and dining a key free agent or two is the tripe for succes look at us Chicago and Pittsburgh. Being terrible for a period helped each team become what they were. Detroit got Stevie y and a few key trades like shanahan then continued to draft talent with later picks. Pittsburgh got Crosby and malkin. Chicago got toews and Kane.
So to me it seems somewhat clear. You tank and get a superstar to become relevant but then need a competent front office to continue and build upon that success.
Except then you look at us, STL, LAK, TBL, BOS, TOR, MTL, SJ, NYR, PHI, and you realize you don't have to tank to find success.
The tank method worked for PIT and CHI, but failed CBJ and EDM. That strategy is only for the most desperate teams who literally have nothing to build around, like BUF this year.
We have Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Kronwall, Howard, Franzen, Alfredsson, and Nyquist. That's more than enough to build around once fat is trimmed.
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