Well, this was supposed to be three sentence or so reply to Mr. Newman's rebuttal to Mr. Waggoner's piece. Obviously, that didn't pan out. Instead, I brought my rant over to the spot where people pretend they can write as well as the actual Cannon staff.
First off, excellent piece. I've been missing the editorials from you guys, though I'm sure it's largely due to having to put together pregame, game thread, post-game blogs you guys have to crank out basically every other night. Those are all excellent as well.
While I agree with a few points Matt makes, I tend to lean towards the Newman camp but have some additions to his general take I'd like to toss out there. One seismic trade and off season isn't going to cut it. I'm of the school of thought we're not in rebuild mode. We're in f***in' demo mode and have been. Davidson's first step isn't to build up brick by brick. It's addition by subtraction. Umby, until about last night, was my favorite player. That's why it pains me to highlight him to make my point. When the "<strong>Heart </strong>and <strong>Soul</strong>" of the team comes into the season clearly out of shape, clearly out of practice, you have major, major issues.
I think and hope Davidson is going to purge us of these types of players. We've still got enough bad apples that it's addition by subtraction at this point. We need to get whatever value we can out of these players that, for whatever reason, just aren't getting it done.
If that means we lose a s*** ton of games in a half season, that's fine. If by some miracle we squeaked into the playoffs, we all know we would have zero business being there and the 08-09 Red Wings playoff series drubbing we got will look tame in comparison. As much as it sucks, the best thing for us to do is tank.
I don't mean tank in the sense of the players just stop trying. Quite the contrary. My biggest pet peeve is not seeing the wheels spinning in overdrive on the ice at all times, all 60-65 minutes. If you're not doing that, you're being outworked. I can support a loser, but one that keeps getting outworked ... now that's a really tough pill to swallow. I digress. The tanking I refer to is the sending of RyJo to the minors. Sure, he might helps us steal a win or four, but hasn't one of our biggest problems been not developing talent properly, not letting them bake in the minors?
As much as it sucks, the best way forward to build through the draft. We could easily have a pick in the early, middle and late portions of the first round from a STACKED draft class. That's a pretty phenomenal situation to be in when you consider the '03 class this upcoming one keeps getting compared to has fielded ... 12 all stars from the first round alone? We can't just throw darts at the draft board though. We need be much, much better at evaluating talent than we have been in the past. We need to make the right picks. If one or two make an immediate impact, awesome! If not, let them bake first in the minors. That is, after all, what we do to bricks before we build with them.
This isn't a reshape. It's not a rebuild. This is the demolition of 12 years of suck happening in slow motion, brick by brick.