Summer Is Coming / "The Promise"by Sam Myers | July 7, 2016, 4:59 PM ET
"Winter is coming" he said, GM Sam Myers took reigns of the Miami Makos on chilly a Columbus afternoon in 2013 when he relocated the city of Miami's beloved Makos to the rocky mountains of Denver Colorado.
"The Makos roster I aquired reminded me alot of my beloved NHL Blue Jackets, A team that would push for a final playoff spot, then get bounced in the first round. So I did what CBJ managemnt refuses to do. I blew up the roster and aquired as many future assets as my heart desired. From B- players I aquired B+ assets. The only cost being time."
Winter came and oh did it come hard, but the north remembers. Through trials and tribulations the north remembered to keep focus on the dim light at the end of the tunnel. The north remembered the great visions and plan before it became dark. The once dim light at the end of the tunnel is now shining bright. The citizens of Denver feel rays of warmth from the light as young stars slowly emerge from the hibrination of winter. The children of the winter are awakening and are slowly but surely making their way.
"Spring is here and the lottery near. The final steps of a long and dreadful 3 years of darkness is upon us. Free agency marks groundhog day for the residents of this resilient city. Will I step out of the darkness, see my shadow and scare? or will I feel the warmth and cement my roots to stay?"
Denver has nearly 100 million dollars to play with this offseason. While their slew of prospects are promising, aside from Gaudreu, Bennet, Eichel and Jones, it doesnt appear any of the other young guns are ready to contribute at a championship level. Not to mention, the beloved hometown hero, savior and messiah David "The Legend" Leggio is likely not the guy you want between the pipes for a Continental Cup push. GM Sam Myers has had an "all or nothing" approach to the governing of the franchise since he stepped in office.
"Its all or nothing, there will be no in between, I will own the first pick in the draft or the Continental Cup. Finshing mid table would be the greatest shame I can give the best fans in the SICHL. Because if we're not piling up continental cups I will take the BEST tools to do so."
It is scary to look at the potenital future starting lines this roster presents. I mind you, this team also has 100 million dollars of cold hard cash. Here is the way I see the Rapids starting lineup in the near future.
Gaudreu - Eichel - Free Agent
Mantha - *Mathews* - Burakovsky
Crouse - Larkin - Free Agent
Free Agent - Bennett - Sheahan
Free Agent - Del Zotto
Jones - Rielly
Nurse - Pullock
Question Mark Prospects - Eriksson Ek, Klimchuck, Scherbak, Schmaltz, Senyshyn, Chabot, Juulsen & McDonald
"Congrats to Guy Flaming and the Golden Bears on their Continental Cup victory. A model franchise that builds through the draft. Love what he's doing out there."
"To the best fans in the SICHL, I PROMISE you these Rapids will take home MULTIPLE contiental cups to the great city of Denver before my time is done. Spring is here and the future is now. Its a good day to be a Rapids fan."