Re: While good teams get better..
posted at 2/15/2011 6:57 AM EST
In Response to Re: While good teams get better..
[QUOTE]Look people.. I have been a fan for 40+ years and want this team to win, not just compete. [/QUOTE]
The two things really have nothing to do with one another - Bruins fan = want the Bruins to win - and they have even less to do with what the team needs to do to win a Cup. The Leafs are the perfect example of a franchise that has constantly tried to win now, no matter what shape their talent pool is in, and it has caused them nothing but grief. If Doug Riseborough had been able to sign Gilmour to a market contract, and if Quebec had been a bit more patient rather than deal for Wendell Clark, the Leafs wouldn't have so much as made a ripple in the playoff pond since, what, 1975? Because they keep saying "well, it's been 44 years! We need to win now!"
[QUOTE]...this teams deficiencies have been evident for some time and the longer he waits to fill them, the higher the price and my point is I do NOT want him to overpay. The future is NOW.
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I don't want to lapse into an argument about what the deficiencies are and whether a trade is the smartest way to address them. Instead, I wonder what makes you think the prices necessarily get higher the longer he waits. Like DrCC says, it's entirely possible the reason he hasn't dealt now is because the player(s) he's looking at are over-priced. I read somewhere in all the noise that the Oilers are asking a fortune for Hemsky which is the main reason he hasn't been dealt. Well, if the Oilers decide they're better off moving Hemsky now than after the season or if at all, they may be playing chicken. It's part of negotiating for the seller to aim high and not sell before he knows what the market truly is.
My point being that you can relax on the urgency of a trade. Barring a rash of injuries, the Bruins will make the playoffs. They're 9 up with 26 to play. Any deal they're making now is about the playoffs, so having a guy in the lineup sooner only means he has more time to gel with the rest of the team. And they'll make a move or not based on what the market will bear - trying to get something done now would only mean over-paying to buy out the seller's options to hear other offers.