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03-07-2009, 08:27 PM
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Originally Posted by MONACOBLUE View Post
Well, if you say that winning is what matters, then you can't have it both ways. In order to be able to attract UFAs to Montreal, you have to win. How can you do this without UFAs? Only through trades and the draft. So how long did it take Detroit to establish a winning reputation? Well, the Dead Wings era ended in 82 and it took them until 1997 to win a Cup. So it looks like Gainey has another ten years to establish a winning rep, if you judge how hard it is to establish such a rep based on a team that actually managed to acquire it.

Now, other teams like Nashville attract UFAs based on anonmity and lower taxes. Detroit, if they didn't win, would never attract a UFA. That's the situation Montreal is in.
This is pointless, you will have to accept the fact one day Gainey and his strategy has been a failure. Hell even Edmonton, that has it much worse than Montreal, gets free agent signings and is constantly in the race. The media is bad but everything isn't their fault all the time.

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