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Rebuilds Do Take Time

from Travis Yost of TSN, 

But one interesting takeaway is that five years out, the likelihood of a team being inside of the top five is about the same as it is being inside of the bottom five. That is to say: as unique as Colorado’s wildly accelerated rebuild appears to be, it’s similarly unique to be such a poorly performing franchise for so many years.

To that end, it makes some sense why rebuilding organizations like the Detroit Red Wings and Ottawa Senators have a multi-year plan. It takes time. But it doesn’t, and shouldn’t, take forever. At some point, organizational strengths (weaknesses) will manifest themselves. For those who adjudicate the performance of front offices and player development, it gives us a reasonable timeline to work with when it comes to expectations.

Rebuilds take time, but they shouldn’t be endless. And the longer they go on, the more critical we should be of roster-building efforts.


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Alan's avatar

The “more” link is missing, but I did find the article. In case anyone else is interested, it’s here:

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 06/30/22 at 07:08 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Rebuilds take time, but they shouldn’t be endless. And the longer they go on, the more critical we should be of roster-building efforts



Summers should be endless. Rebuilds, not so much…. tick, tick, tick….

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, sing along The YzerMan Can!...... on 07/01/22 at 12:40 AM ET


I think there is something overlooked in this analysis. When comparing rebuilding teams one has to look beyond the W-L records to determine where a team is in the rebuild process. Factors including the current roster makeup (ie are their any pieces to build around), the salary cap situation (ie is their dead weight that will be difficult to move), the prospects already in the system (almost a must for a quick turnaround) and how lucky did the team get with the draft lottery.

Let’s say the “ideal” rebuild time is 5 years. The Wings is bound to take longer because they delayed the rebuild start, were burdened by bad contracts and had so few good prospects in the system. When they did finally bottom out, they weren’t exactly lucky in the draft lottery. Contrast that with a team like the NYR who had decent prospects and more lottery luck when their rebuild began.

Yzerman’s first tasks were to rid the Wings of bad contracts and increase the prospect pool. With DDK’s finally done, that business is near complete. Now it is on to the next phase of the rebuild. While continuing to fill the prospect pool he’s got to build a solid core group and surround it serviceable NHLers and coaches who can get the most out of the roster.

Posted by evileye on 07/01/22 at 10:19 AM ET

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