||04-25-2004 01:01 PM
Why Talk of Trading our "Blue-Chippers?"
I just don't get those suggesting trading really solid prospects like Perez, Plek, Hainsey, Hossa, not to mention Higgins and Kats (let alone two of them) for guys like Daze (power forwards have a limited shelf life taking the pounding that they do). Of course, none of our prospects has proven NHL ready yet, but they have shown solid progress with the exception perhaps of Hossa. Don't be surprised if it takes another 2, even 3 years for them to be NHL ready. For too many years, we gave up on good young players (or never developed them properly to begin with): remember, Sean Hill, Darcy Tucker, Turner Stevenson, Scott Thornton, etc used to be Habs and we just grew impatient. How nice would a few of those hell-raisers look in our line-up now?
Today we'll find out if the Habs are primed to make this a series versus the Bolts or on the road to getting banged out in 4. I think it can go either way. We should never be satisifed just to make it to the second round...bottom line is this year shows we have the foundation to compete and we will only get stronger (and not have to dish out ridiculous millions) by letting the likes of Gainey, Julien, Jarvis develop our youngsters. Speaking not as a bias Habs fan, we do have the potential to become a serious contender, even powerhouse for a decade (that does not mean winning the cup every year, but it means competing for it like the Wings, Avs, Devils, Leafs, Flyers have over the past number of years).
Last thing and then I'll just pipe down: one thing not mentioned here is that there is the bonus in having our prospects and NHL youngsters play and develop together in Hamilton and with the Habs for a number of years. That's one great way to create that elusive thing called chemistry that always seems to be the first adjective mentioned by those hoisting the Cup.