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Leedog wrote:JD started with shit for a talent base, dwindling attendance, and a tight budget. Not saying he made all the right decisions on how to spend his limited resources (see Jackman, Brewer, Kariya, McKee), but this wasn't a real attractive stop for UFA either. He at least deserves a chance when the team is a playoff contender playing in front of sell out crowds, to spend the money coming off the books this off season.
dmiles2186 wrote:There are posts at the Asylum already questioning JD. I think, by and large, he's made several good moves here (including the Tkachuk and Guerin trades in '07 that landed us a few first rounders), signing Kariya (at the time, because that was a HUGE signing in terms of bringing fans interest back. Sure, the price was high, the on ice product has been a disappointment, but you can't lay all of the blame on JD for that), the Doug Weight trade that brought us Andy McDonald, the Stempy for Steen/Cola trade, etc.
I'm not saying everything he did has turned to gold. But really, in terms of rebuilding, he's put butts in seats quicker than most franchises after we had the rough '05-'06 season. But the key is that the front office has always asked fans for patience, and time, to allow the young guys to develop. They've had to fast track some of them, whereas a guy like Polak had some time in the AHL and has publicly admitted he's much better for it. It's a balancing act, really. You can't judge Oshie, Berglund, Perron on a year and a half, 2 years, etc. in the league. It's not fair to them, even though it is the nature of the business.
If this team could land a bona-fide goal scorer in a trade or by signing a UFA, I think it would make a big difference. That's easier said than done, of course. It's not like goal scorers are just handed over for nothing. I know so many folks think the rebuilding process should be done by now, but the front office wants to build a Cup contender for years, not one struggling to make the 8th spot each season. And that's something you can't just build overnight, or even in just 2 short years. Patience will remain key for awhile, even if some people think we should be hoisting Cups year in and year out already.
Leedog wrote:The error this past off season was in expecting everyone to get better, and everyone took a step back together. There is such a thing as a sophomore slump. Plus, did you really expect the goals you got out of guys like Crombeen and winchester to repeat? You couldn't, however, expect 10 goals out of the closest thing you have to a boner-filled sniper.