This team needs future prospects. Do you guys want to be in this perpetual state of mediocre play and talent for the next decade?
We can pretend this team has a shot at making the playoffs, or we can be realistic and try and acquire some picks or prospects to fill the cupboard.
It's looking like this team is going to be 5 points back at the deadline, which is the WORST POSSIBLE SCENARIO. We shouldn't be buyers this year, seriously.
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Well right now we're not 5 points back. There's no way of knowing for sure where we'll be come March 5. When we get to March 5, we'll have a better idea. But we're not there yet. Right now, we should absolutely not be in the selling mode. And what's this pretend stuff? We have a REALISTIC shot at making the playoffs.
Another point I wanna make is that THE UNEXPECTED HAPPENS ALL THE TIME! This Devils team can absolutely make a dent in the playoffs. People want to believe for some reason that there's a perfect team. There is no perfect team. Look at the Eastern Conference. The two best teams are Pittsburgh and Boston. We give Pittsburgh problems. We have had their number for the longest time. Their fans hate playing us. Boston, well that's another story. But they're beatable as well.
But regarding the whole idea that we'll end up in a state of mediocrity for years to come, I don't buy because when was the last time we had a deep prospect pool? And saying it'll be for the next whole decade is just an overreaction. It's nothing but paranoia if you truly think that. And besides right now, we have one of the best defense prospect pools in the league. I know we need forwards, but there are lots of teams that have a weak defense prospect pool as well. The disparity between the best / deepest prospect pools and the weakest prospect pools is actually pretty slim. It fluctuates pretty significantly all the time.
Edited by Mike Brown, 04 February 2014 - 02:00 AM.