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So now that the Golden Knights are on their way to winning the Stanley Cup in their first year in existence, I wonder how much longer does the story "We are rebuilding" going to fly for other NHL teams.  How long are fans willing to wait for their teams and listening to the same BS from the management of these teams.  I'm looking at you Toronto Maple Leafs with their 5 year plan.  Really 5 years you expect fans to wait, how about 51 years of waiting already!!, so in 5 years when you fail to make the playoffs again what will be the next excuse "We are transitioning to a newer NHL"!?  What excuse can you have Edmonton Oilers?  Calgary Flames?  Vancouver Canucks?

 

I don't see how anyone can buy into this "We are rebuilding" mode, when a first year expansion team goes all the way to the Stanley Cup and will win it in their first year.  No rebuild, no transitioning, no waiting around BS for their fans.

 

How long are you willing to wait for your team and their excuses, 51 years?  108 years like the Cubs fans?

 

The whole rebuilding is just an excuse to have fans keep paying and going to see pathetic teams play. 

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12 hours ago, rottenrefs said:

Who did you root for before the Golden Knights came along... And why did you sell out to them?

 

This, and the Golden Knights are not a typical expansion team.  To say they had it the same as the Wild, Blue Jackets, Thrashers / Jets, Predators, Ducks, Sharks, Panthers, Lightning, Senators are delusional.  The aforementioned teams were MEANT to be bottom feeders for a few seasons before they even started to really compete.  The Panthers and Wild managed to have some surprising early success but honestly, the rosters they were forced to start with were beyond awful.  Lots of has beens, a few prospects and minor league journeymen.  That's all they were allowed to have.  

 

Unless Vegas made poor choices they were going to get a lot of players in their prime years and it worked out beyond ANYONE's expectations including their own.  

 

Yet rebuilding is necessary and every organization goes through that at some point.  If you don't have the patience for that...then you're not much of a fan IMO.  

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A smart GM (or fan) will look at what Vegas did and realize that it's almost impossible to recreate that situation. And there is no guarantee that they will be successful long term just because they've had immediate success. You look at the teams that win Cups and they almost all have high end players they drafted and developed (many of them with the high picks Vegas won't have because of their immediate success). Building a team properly takes longer than one or two years. If Vegas continues to be a playoff team, then maybe you can look at it as a blueprint.

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