Posted Today, 07:59 AM
Tanking would not be trading all their impending UFAs. It would be trading all those guys, sending Kinkaid back to Albany, and having Clemmensen split games with Schneider. Holding core guys out with minor injuries. At bottom, it's intentionally trying to lose games without being that obvious about it. And no, it's not the right move, for a myriad of reasons, and ethics isn't one of them. It's just not a smart move.
Yeah, big difference between tanking and sucking. When you're looking for subtle (or not-so-subtle) ways to take natural sucking to a higher level, that's true tanking.
What some people don't realize is that players and coaches on bad teams will still be looking for jobs in the seasons to come...they want to show potential new employers that they have something to offer. Obviously a GM or team president can make a deal with a coach behind the scenes and say "Look, we know it's going to be rough here over the next 2-3 years, but we know once we get you the pieces, you'll do the job.", but what motivation do players like Elias and Jagr have to tank? Or for that matter, guys like Schneider, Henrique and Cammalleri? It's easy for us to say "Tank and get some prospects," but losing for the sake of losing goes against the inherently competitive nature found within most professional athletes...and I think a lot of guys on the current roster wouldn't be too happy if Lou ever made some of the moves you allude to (which would be an obvious attempt to lose games). Some will say "Well, these guys suck anyway, and a lot of them won't be here much longer, so who are they to be angry about anything? If they were any good, they wouldn't be in this mess to begin with." But even if it's not showing up in the results, guys still have pride...I don't think it's easy for them to lose, especially when it's for a future that many of them won't be around to benefit from (and that's assuming the losing will pay dividends down the line).
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, Today, 07:59 AM.
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