FWIW, Chicago and Pittsburgh indicate that loading up for the future isn't doomed to fail. The Canucks already went that route in 1996-1997, 1997-1998, 1998-1999 and 1999-2000. And they are currently living off the fruits of that suckage. Daniel and Henrik.herb wrote:I'll take consistently making the playoffs with a good team over "loading up for the future" (i.e. the Edmonton model of continual failure) 100 times out of 100.
For what it's worth, the Canucks are 8-11-7 in 26 games against playoff teams, gaining 23 points out of those games. I have no idea how that stacks up against other playoff teams' records against playoff teams, but the bottom line for me is that despite the past four games we have made up significant ground on San Jose, Colorado, and LA over the past six weeks, not to mention we caught and passed Phoenix.
Every 10 to 15 years teams do this. Unless you want a Calgary situation circa 2005-2013, you'd better hope MG doesn't share your distorted view.
And if you think 8-11-7 is a good or even acceptable record, I guess you're getting what you wish for--mediocrity.