“It certainly time to end the rebuild. It’s about time that we win more games.” Ryan Whitney
— Gene Principe (@GenePrincipe) April 9, 2012
END THE REBUILD? You magnificent man. That’s something that I would’ve liked to hear some time ago, but it finally escapes a player’s mouth. I find it a little bit interesting that it came from Ryan Whitney’s mouth, a guy who’s battled injury for a significant part of the last two years, but I admit that I’d find comfort even if Khabibulin said it. Bravo, Ryan Whitney. The rebuild needs to end, and this team needs to start winning games. 100% agree.
So we’ve got Whitney on board. Anyone else?
“We were sitting here last year saying the exact same thing. Next year has to be a playoff year. We have to be a contending team.” – Hall
— Edmonton Oilers (@NHL_Oilers) April 9, 2012
Let’s see, we’ve got Ryan Whitney saying the rebuild should be over, and Taylor Hall saying “next year has to be a playoff year”.
Maybe if Ryan Whitney’s words don’t carry weight, Taylor Hall’s will. I’m not 100% sold that management went out there and planted these words into the ears of their players. Because of this hypothesis, I enjoy hearing these words even more.
It’s not the typical run-of-the-mill jockeying, the “we have to play better as a team”, the “I have to be better”, the same tired, old cliches. These are statements that are pretty solid, if not strong.
It’s time to end the rebuild.
Next year has to be a playoff year.
We have to be a playoff team.
If these words help end all the incessant conversation about ‘proper rebuilds’ and how this team has to ‘tank one more year’, GOOD. When players are on record saying that it’s time to end ‘the rebuild’, it was probably time to end the rebuild a year ago.
There’s absolutely no reason that this team has to continue missing the playoffs while it tries to be better.
It’s been six years since the dance. Taylor Hall’s been here for only two of them, and he’s had enough already.
What should that say for the rest of us?
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