Squeak into the playoffs this year or keep building towards a cup? Â I’ll take build towards a cup, please and thank you. And they’re closer than you think.
He’s certainly able to provide a balanced view after building championship teams twice this decade, with two different clubs (Tampa Bay, 2004 â€“ Chicago, 2009). Here’s his take on the Leafs, after less than one year on the job.
- [Audio]:Â http://pmd.fan590.com/audio_on_demand-2/Rick-Dudley-jb-20120323-Interview.mp3
- Note at 4:47, when Jeff Blair snickers at Rick Dudley saying â€œI am sure they will succeed here and I think there are enough pieces in place, that it is not a daunting task.â€Â Right.
A prÃ©cis of the interview can be taken from two fairly potent statements:
â€œI am one of the people uniquely qualified to comment on it.â€
â€œI think this team becomes an elite team. Simple.â€
Whether thatâ€™s damage control, or whether thatâ€™s his opinion, Iâ€™ll let you be the judge.