It’s stale. It needs youth. It needs a change… We’re not in 2011. We have to stop talking about 2011. The team needs to be re-tooled, and that’s where change is… If I’m here, I want to play four lines… I did the things I need to do to try to win games, because sometimes I look down there and the guys just weren’t ready. We lack depth and that’s where we’re at. I think that isn’t being critical. It’s the truth… The team is trending. It’s getting older. It does need to be revitalized… That’s not an excuse for me. It’s the truth of what’s going on. For us - I do hope I’m part of it - to get back to being competitive for a long time, you may have to slide sideways and find your way in the nature of a rebuild. You have to. It’s the nature of the game… It’s easy to say it and hard to do it sometimes. It doesn’t happen overnight. You can’t say you want young kids, and then you want depth because it’s going to take some time for those young kids to develop… You need to go through the process. You’re still thinking about 2011, but things change. Teams change. Personnel change. I think we’ve got a really good core here, but … I think some of the core needs to change, yes. It’s an evolution of a team. There are some really good players, the heartbeat of the team, that need to be surrounded [by youth and enthusiasm].
(Source: kesrows, via bbieksa)