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06-13-2008, 11:02 AM
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Originally Posted by mcphee View Post
You seem to be illustrating the difference between racism and xenophobia, a difference that I probably was unaware of before Don Cherry worked for HNIC and dumbasses started to drink his Cool Aid.

There's a schoiol of thought that Mtl needs to eb a tougher more abrasive team. If you substitued Hartnell and Downie for Higgins and Begin would the series have been different ? The Kost. brothers ?

Mtl lost for a number of reasons, goaltending being a big one. They didn't score enough, and they surrendered goals too easily. They had defensive breakdowns from their top thru bottom pairings. Markov didn't take charge, Komisarek was sub par and Hamrlik ran out of gas it seemed. The why's have to be adressed with these 3 as the clichee 'your best players have to be your best players' is true.

Hockey teams identify needs that meet their style. Montreal's a skill team at the moment. The rumoured targets seem to be skilled guys. If you add a few moderately talented but tough guys, do you improve or just dilute the identity of your team ? Hartnell is a poster boy for the style of player we seem to crave, maybe Ryan Malone ? Can these guys play with forwards in place ? If you want more of a north south style, fine, but you can't parachute these guys alongside east west players and expect a good fit.

I doubt you really want to duscuss this crap though because you've made your generalizations and are stuck behind them.
That's a potent combination and it seems pointless to agrue with the subscribers.

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