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05-15-2008, 01:20 AM
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Originally Posted by buddahsmoka1 View Post
Very good point. Gainey has allowed his players to get chances and flourish in the right levels. Sergei is a good example. He saw the potential and skill in Sergei's game, so he brought him up. Sergei flourished in the role he was given and became a solid contributor to the team the rest of the year and the playoffs. The jury is still out on Latendresse, but I like what he has done with O'byrne, Chipchura, Price, Lapierre and Halak.
Unfortunetly the jury is still out on Lats, O'Bryrne, Chip, Price, Lapierre and Halak. I for one think the Habs accelerated the progression of Lats and Price too soon. It was a GREAT thing that guys like Andrei and Plek stayed a good number of years in the minors. Players should develop in their own time, there's a reason there is a farm club, it makes NHL players out of these guys, it's part of their developement. The Habs do not have guys like Claude Ruelle anymore that would spend times with kids, making them learn their craft. Heck the guy would go the the Juniors and work with these kids of what to do to ameliorate their play.

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