November 24,2014
Remaking the Lightning

Fresh faces brought in over the last few seasons have helped Lightning progress. (USATSI) How long does a rebuild take? Thats a question thats being asked by several teams lately and its a hard question to answer. Teams are constantly looking for the next [Insert Recent Stanley Cup Champion Here] Model to emulate. But theres always going to be some kind of snag that wont allow a team to build like the Los Angeles Kings, or the Chicago Blackhawks or the Pittsburgh Penguins or the Boston Bruins.

The salary cap, along with the bounce of the ping pong balls in the NHLs draft lottery, make following any one model near impossible. You can take bits and pieces from each and try to put something together, but in the end, the general manager has to make the right decisions at the right times. If
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