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06-30-2008, 06:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Mackattack View Post
July 1st is tommorow and naturally we're all excited. But I think people who are getting worked up to the point of ilness need to realize something: UFA's don't win Stanley Cups.

Take a look at the last 5 cup winners: Detroit, Anaheim, Carolina, Tampa Bay, and New Jersey. In the cases of all of these teams, UFA signings had little to no effect on the teams success (even Niedermyer in Anaheim- the Ducks win was the definition of a "team effort"). These teams succeeded because of solid foundations and having the right combinations of players, not necesisarily the best.

Would adding Sundin/Hossa/Jagr be exciting? Heck yes.
Are they the difference to winning a Stanley Cup? Probably not.

So before we enter the free agent frenzy, keep in mind that if this team is going anywhere, it's going to be on the backs of our core players - Markov, Higgins, Komisarek, Price, ect. - not a big name UFA acquisition.

So if in a few days the Habs come up empty handed and your on suicide watch... remember this thread. DON'T JUMP!
Good post...I agree 100%

People have worked themselves up so much that should the Habs strike out on Sundin/Hossa/Jagr, they'll be "fire Gainey" threads and talk about how he can't sign any UFA's...

If Gainey can get one of those guys, it would be nice, but I don't think any of them are going to make the difference, it's our core guys who have to bring it like this did this past year and even surpass that

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