Uncle dans leg wrote:So I was driving around this afternoon here(Calgary) listening to the fan960 as they discus whether to rebuild, retool or whatever.
I got quite a kick out of how highly they rated Bourque's trade value. They seem to think he could fetch a couple of top prospects. Unbelievable. They couldn't even get that for Phaneuf for christs sake.
Also was quite interested in how they perceive the solutions to the teams problems. I heard the guy saying they could retool and make another run. I just can't see it. They need to gut it down to the foundation and start completely over in my opinion.
I like Rhett Warrener on the morning show. Doesnt wear the flames colored glasses and speaks his mind. His NHL career gives him the insider knowledge that the hosts can't simply disregard when he disagrees with them. He has already stated, plain and simple, that this is basically the same team that couldnt get it done last year so what makes anyone think they will this year?
I agree that this is basically the same team as last year, and they sucked then, so why would it be different now. The problem is, with all the NMCs etc., Feaster can't do much until the end of this season (or at least until near the trade deadline). I have no problem with him staying pat right now. My biggest fear is that he will try and add pieces to the current lineup to make them more competitive right now. I don't want to see anymore trading of draft picks or prospects. If he can get rid of some deadwood - fine - even if he doesn't get much back for them. The team sucks, and they will just have to ride it out until the trade deadline and the end of the season.
BTW - even as a Flames fan, I find watching them to be frustrating and unbearable. They work hard enough, but that's about it. It might be partially coaching, but as many of you so eagerly point out, the team lacks talent - plain and simple.
As for Bourque - I don't think he's that good. I'm not sure why some fans think that he's worth a first round draft pick. I'm sure there will be interest in Bourque from other GMs, but I can't see them getting much back for him.