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05-24-2010, 09:24 PM
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MathMan
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Where were you when Pouilot was lighting the lamp like a maniac and this was the ideal trade?
I said that it was lucky for the Habs that it did work out (against all rational hopes) and that we should pray that it continue, because the odds were better that Lats would keep it up than Pouliot would.

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The trade appeared perfect, yet in hindsight Latendresse continued to flourish whereas Pouilot faltered. It was not irrational hatred, not from everyone.
There was a ridiculous amount of irrational hate going around.

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The primary complaint many of us held against Lats was his refusal to park his keyster in from of the net and mimic Ryan Smyth and in addition use his physical frame to impede the opposition. Lats had a horrid tendency to not conclude his checks and his lackluster speed resulted in a hindrance.
And I kept complaining that this, which everyone insisted on, would make him a worse player. People wanted him to be Tomas Holmstrom and forgot that he is essentially a 20-goal scorer and PP specialist.

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Furthermore the style Martin was attempting to implicate during the season was simply not something Lats bought into. It happens and he was subsequently moved.
I'll give you that -- the coach does seem to have a knack for neutralizing his young players to the point where they get shipped out of Montreal.

Lats is hardly an isolated case, just the most glaring.

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Suck it up, the trade was good for Minnesota and as a fair minded hockey fan, I offer my congratulations to them. Both teams gambled, both appeared to hit a jackpot however ours was more a fluke. It happens.
It happens, but it was eminently predictable. I called it the moment the trade happened. Others could have, too, but they did not want to look. Some of them were so glad to get rid of Lats they would have accepted a bag of pucks in trade.

Let's not act like this was a gamble and that the results are somehow surprising. What happened was exactly what the numbers and the rational deductions told us would happen. If anything, the Habs got lucky they got a good stretch out of Pouliot. We'll see if he can turn it around, but there's little in his history to tell us he can -- and certainly playing under Martin won't help.

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