This is why your definition doesn't work especially when lumping everything together and labeling it as "rebuilding". Two years ago after an embarrassing 1st round exit the Penguins leadership fired all of Mike Sullivan's staff and replaced them with new coaches for him while retaining Sully. After the entry draft and the first month of league play which was a slow start for the pens, Rutherford the Penguins GM abruptly resigns, there were rumors he tried to trade one of the remaining members of what the Pens call the "core" in a move to bring a Stanley Cup caliber goalie to Pittsburgh and gain some cap space. The rumors were that Mario or Morehouse blocked the move. So the team needed to hire a new GM, they hire Hextal as GM and Brian Burke to be special advisor of hockey operations. Due to the expansion draft the Pens had to leave x amount of players unprotected for the expansion draft. they bring in Jeff Carter at the trade deadline, make several other moves and are looking to be competitive this season heading into the final stretch of the season while keeping the "core" of Crosby, Malkin and Letang together for another run at the cup. Your definition as you state it means that the Pens have been rebuilding for 2 years or more and not doing the normal business of a sports team trying to win championships.