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04-23-2009, 01:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Teufelsdreck View Post
This season wasn't a fluke. It resembled a lot of of other seasons in this decade in which the Habs were scrambling for a playoff spot. Remember, except for 2007-08, the Habs finished no higher than 7th whenever they managed to make the playoffs. The only difference this year was that the Habs faced a much better balanced Bruins team than they did in 2002, 2004, or 2008. If this season were a fluke, it would follow that the Habs should finish several notches higher in 2009-10. I don't see how anyone who watched the Habs carefully this past season could reasonably say that. This team has to be retooled, maybe even partly dismantled. I'm not saying that everyone should go, but the Habs need an infusion of a few (2 or 3) experienced players who are brought in because they are truly better than average, not merely because they fit comfortably under the cap ceiling.
Agree to all, but Gainey has shown he's not willing to pay the price for better than average players, at least none with grit.

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