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wings4thecup06

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In Topic: Heading to trade deadline, can someone help me understand

11 February 2015 - 03:12 PM

 

I don't think so at all.  If I were them I'd have a five pronged strategy for success...

 

1.  Select organizational philosophy similar to Anaheim, San Jose, or Boston.

2.  Find coach who can play that game.

3.  Build around Phaneuf, JVR, Panik, Winnik, Reilly, Clarkson, Bozak and move Kessel, Lupul (if possible), Kadri, Santorelli, Gardiner for futures. 

4.  Draft big centers as early as possible. 

5.  Buy stop gaps in UFA until centers are ready.

 

Estimated time to competitiveness?  Five years.

 

Nah I disagree. The culture of that entire organisation is wrong. When Brian Burke came in it was heralded as the big thing the Leafs needed and there was going to be a rebuild. But he didn't tear the entire thing do and do it slowly. Instead, he tried to rush things, probably because he was told to do so from some rather impatient people above him, and look where the Leafs are now. They've made the playoffs just once the past 10 years. This team deserves a proper rebuild. Right from the ground up because they've been trying quick fixes and patches here and there for the last decade and it just doesn't work. 


In Topic: TANK IT! 2014-2015 Season

05 February 2015 - 03:18 PM

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Every GM - including MacT, Snow and even Feaster - is better at being a GM than any of us fans are. There are only 30 GM jobs and it's extremely hard to get this job. Same thing goes for coaches, assistant GMs.. So that's nothing new Holland did set the bar incredible high by getting the players we've missed and Sather and him were the most active GMs on trade dead lines and free agency if the team needed improvement(s) but for whatever reason his approach changed and he became much more inactive. The Avs just lost EJ for an extended period of time and they are lucky if they even make the playoffs at this point.. Lol at Boston, Los Angeles and Chicago being risky picks...

 

 

I'm not about to go and make out the KH is a God or anything, and yes there have been moves I've disagreed with, but I think you have to give him a ton of credit for changing his philosophy. 

 

Let's face it. The odds of winning the Cup are pretty slim. It's the reason why it's the hardest trophy (IMO) to obtain. How many teams have we seen in the Cap era who have traded away their future in the aim of building their team up only to falter and then slip into oblivion for a few years? 

The Wings have at least, been consistently competitive since the lockout. Maybe not where everyone wants, but the fact still remains that you make the playoffs = you have a shot. Thus, it seems to me that KH and co realised that the way to maintain longterm security and a great team was to go this route we are currently seeing coming to fruition now. Build up and grow your prospects well enough, don't make trades or FA signings that will handcuff you, and add the right pieces only when the time is right. 


In Topic: Do we need a trade to get our offence going ?

03 February 2015 - 12:09 PM

And you'd have to think that the price would be higher for the Wings, being an inter division trade, and just the fact that its the wings and the leafs....


In Topic: TANK IT! 2014-2015 Season

03 February 2015 - 12:06 PM

If we continue on the same track and keep at a similar pace for the remainder of the regular season (which I fully expect), we will finish, top 3 in the East, and that is dramatic improvement compared to what was expected of this team prior to the season by analysts and even much of the fan base. Even if we do happen to get bounced in the first or second round this season, I definitely won't take that to be a failure of a season. This is a very young and inexperienced team, compared to what we're used to. These kids are only going to improve over the next few seasons, and gaining experience, even if it is the bitter taste of defeat, will only help along their development. I wouldn't be surprised if this team makes some noise in the playoffs this year, but fully expect them to be a legit threat next season, and win a Cup within 3-5 years.

 

Couldn't agree more. 

 

I think the California road trip this month will really test what this team is made of. If the wings play anywhere near as good as last months 6 game road trip then I know for sure we're in good hands.


In Topic: Do we need a trade to get our offence going ?

03 February 2015 - 06:41 AM

I disagree. Ouellet has a good point shot. Its not as hard as Sproul, but very accurate.Much better than marchenko or Jensen. You need a good point shot to put up points from the back end in the NHL. I'm not opposed to moving him for the right package, but he will be a much more productive NHL defenseman than the others minus Sproul.

 

This is exactly how I feel after watching Ouellet, and the few games I've seen out of Marchenko. There's an air of maturity in XO's game, he doesn't make many mistakes, and when he does, he seem to instantly be able to rectify them.