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Dionne talks Habs and Francophones... "Not the Flying Frenchmen anymore"
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08-20-2010, 11:30 AM
Join Date: Apr 2004
Dionne is a bit misinformed though :
Il faut se rappeler que pendant longtemps, le Canadien avait un monopole sur les joueurs francophones. C'est pour ça que l'équipe a gagné plusieurs fois la Coupe Stanley. Mais la LNH a mis fin à ça parce que ça n'avait plus de bon sens.
We must remember that for a long time, the habs had a monopoly on francophone players. That's why the team won many stanley cups. But the NHL put a stop to that because it made no sense.
Then he goes on to say :
Dionne croit que le Canadien pourrait faire des efforts («à talent égal, le joueur francophone devrait passer en premier», dit-il), mais il reconnaît du même souffle que pour le club montréalais, il est de plus en plus difficile de repêcher des joueurs québécois de premier plan.
«Le Canadien ne termine jamais parmi les derniers, alors c'est sûr que s'il y a un bon jeune espoir du Québec, il ne pourra pas le repêcher. »
At equal talent, locals should be favored. But he recognizes it's harder to draft first grade local talent now.
The habs never finish amongst the last in the standings, so whenever there's a good young quebecer, they won't be able to draft him.
But what he fails to consider is that we did have some pretty good local talent on this team. We had Ribeiro, Beauchemin, Latendresse, Robidas and Bouillon. Now those guys weren't perfect, and maybe they all didn't fit here. But certainly we could have gotten more for all of them than Benoit Pouliot.
We also could have drafted the following players : Bergeron, Perron, Giroux (yes I know, but he did play in the Q and speaks french).
And there are certain guys that have been available that we could have tried to get.
I guess what I'm saying is that the habs could make a bit more of an effort to acquire and keep some local talent on this team. And in many cases, those efforts could have made the team a lot better.
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