Hockey Widow wrote:You know Farhan I think you need to listen to what MG says with respect to a "window". He has said that his job is to keep the team competitive each and every year and the more chances you have at getting a cup the greater the likelihood that you will break through and succeed. So in other words, he dispels the window theory but clearly articulating that his plan is to not only build a competitive team now but to keep the franchise in a perpetual state of being able to contend.
I get Gillis' philosophy and I don't have too much of a problem with it, but the risk in having a philosophy like that is that you end up like the San Jose Sharks......or Washington Capitals. Or hell, even the Toronto Maple Leafs before the lock-out. I'm now reaching a point where I'd rather be like Chicago or even Anaheim/Tampa, rather than a San Jose, Washington, etc.
If we want to be in a 'perpetual state of being able to contend', great. I just think it's very difficult to do and at some point, whether one likes it or not, one HAS to go for it.....before the core inevitably gets too old and you start to head into decline anyways (i.e. San Jose). Detroit is the absolute PERFECT and GREATEST example of a team that has tried to be a perpetual contender, but even they are slowly heading into decline now. In a cap world, it's just inevitable. Even attempting to build a solid base of prospects and draft picks doesn't lead to as much long term success as one would want.....since these young players ultimately get massive pay raises anyways. Again - the Ducks and Hawks are examples.
Between Vinny and Nash I would guess MG would pick Nash ( well I would if I HAD to choose) but the cost I think might be more than most of us are willing to pay.
I completely agree with you here. I also believe that it's going to take Schneider + something very significant to even dream of getting a guy like Nash.
Personally - I think this team is very close. And maybe this is where I disagree with Gillis, but I'd rather take on a stinky contract that can help us now (in exchange for Lou), rather than some guy that might pan out 18-24 months from now.
RIP Creeper. You will be missed.