Mondi wrote:But the thread is derailed. The issue originally was would fans prefer a complete rebuild or another attempt to build around Kesler, Sedins, Bieksa, Hamhuis and the young-ins.
I would say that we are locked into the latter plan.
That's our core. Like it or not, they are the guys who have NTC's and have been the nucleus of this team for a long while. Granted, Hamhuis has only been here for 4 seasons. Edler might need to be on this list, but I can't get over my bias, and there are a couple of other names that could fit on that list, but as Torts said, the core needs to change.
IMHO, those six guys are fine as a core that Linden/New GM augments and builds around with players who can both support, and succeed, them in a few years. If those players can bounce back, as many of you think, then it is the guys like Higgins, Hansen, Edler, and maybe even Garrison, that need to go and be replaced with some youth and, if possible, one experienced top-6 forward.....and a top-6 defenseman if need be.