1. McClement, Jackman, "Stempy", and "Bass" will all still learn "Murray Hockey" completely independent of making the playoffs and trading away Tkachuk, Guerin, Brewer, Cajanek, Drake, etc....
Agreed. I think they should trade away most of those guys unless a deal can be worked out prior to the deadline. The Blues are not in a position to risk losing another UFA.
2. "...and that to me means next year and the years after will be better than any top 5 pick could bring" is one of the most short-sighted posts ever posted here.
Cool...I made the EVAAAR list.
I'm just talking about winning. Playing good hockey regardless of where they end up in the draft sequence is important and realistic
. Sure, it would be great to pick in the top 5 for the next 5 years like the Pens. But I'd rather start creating a winning atmosphere than hope for another Malkin or Crosby.
A top 5 pick can bring you Crosby, Malkin, Ovechkin, Kovalchuk, Modano, Pronger, Lemieux or Jagr. The list goes on an on....and what's amazing is that aquiring any of those players are worth MUCH, MUCH, MUCH more than the difference between Stempy, McClement, Jackman 5 weeks ago and now.
Let's be realistic here.
I am. You can can't expect this team to purposely lose. Winning is a state of mind and it should start now.
Ottawa's best players drafted while they were the worst team in the league did not happen with their top 5 picks. Deroit consistently drafts well. Drafting in the top 5 is not the only way to build a winning team. Playing good hockey with good players is. Installing that winning atmospere is what needs to happen...not hoping for the next Joe Murphy or Daigle to appear.