I actually found it a surprisingly honest assessment of the team from somebody who has to look these kids in the eye every day. You wouldn't see an article like that from a number of P-B-P guys around the league whose ambition in life seems to be to be buddy-buddy with as many players as they can.
Lazaruk put it down in black and white: the Blades are not a team that is likely to win the Eastern conference right now, let alone the WHL. So if they want to go into the Memorial Cup through the "front door", they are in need of a few pieces. A couple veteran defencemen, an overage forward upgrade, etc.
The two veteran defencemen thing is very interesting, considering the prices that have been paid for top veteran defencemen in the league the last couple years. Remember the last time the Memorial Cup was in the WHL, host team Brandon gave up a 1st round pick, two 2nd round picks, and a decent 17 year old defenceman to get Travis Hamonic - even knowing he was out until March that year. If the Blades have to pay prices like that, then a lot of good prospects and draft picks won't belong to Saskatoon anymore on January 11, 2013.