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11-28-2008, 08:47 AM
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smon
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Poor player evaluation really is what cost the team and that's completely on the management. Yes they were forced to cut budget because of Molson's cheapness, but the trades they made to do so weren't very bright.

I'll give one example of poor scouting out of many:

Turgeon obviously couldn't handle being the captain plus would be expensive to re-sign so he got traded away to StL...the only problem is that the return was Shayne Corson, who Houle thought was an incredible first line power forward but in reality hardly scored enough to be considered as such , plus he only had one good year for the Canadiens, then got injured and turned into a third liner, plus they gave up what became a decent centre in Craig Conroy as well. Naturally, Houle thought Conroy was useless.

Process sort of repeated itself with the trades of Damphousse, Valeri Bure, and just about everyone who left the team between those years.

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