Craig wrote:No, they thought they could be maybe the 7th best team in the East last year, pull in a couple million in playoff revenue, then deal Karlsson now and suck. They were so accidentally bad last year they kept their pick, at the cost of basically a whole year on their rebuild.
Another way of looking at this is they were willing to delay their rebuild by a year on Duchene in order to collect like 2 million in playoff revenue, which didn't work out for obvious reasons. When that didn't work out they threw away their chance at a franchise player for no reason. They can probably recoup some value from Duchene at the deadline, but they ain't getting a top 5 pick back.
Stop talking about last year. At the draft 3 months ago, they chose the 2018 pick over the 2019 pick.