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01-16-2009, 08:25 PM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Lecavalier would be a long term acquisition. He's just a very good player who happens to seem available, and who has strong connections with Montreal. The scope of his impact in Montreal cannot be measured in term of our current needs, but in the long-term health of the franchise. Gainey interest in him has nothing to do with helping the habs in this year cup run, it is about helping the habs in the next 10 years.
This is completely different from the discussions regarding Gainey acquiring a 4th defenseman because he can't find one in his farm. That's purely a short-term consideration, because we have plenty of prospects with 4th D potential and it doesn't make any sense for us to get our hands on a big UFA and have to sign him long term. With Komi's contract at our door, we can't afford spending more on our blueliners.
That's why I just don't believe in Gainey getting J-Bo. His trade value is too high, and the team who will pay for him will likely wants to sign him long term afterward, something we can't really do unless one of our big three goes.
If Gainey go after another defenseman (and again, I stress it's not a "one or the other" situation with Lecavalier, they are completely different concerns), it will most likely be for a cheap vet we will have no hope nor interest in signing back. A true rental.
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