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Dionne talks Habs and Francophones... "Not the Flying Frenchmen anymore"
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08-20-2010, 12:07 PM
Join Date: May 2007
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Yzerman replaced the whole management and he was smart enough to sign Al Murray as director of scouting. If you know who Al Murray is, you know he would make a better director than Timmins. On HFboards there are a lot of anti-francophones. The thing is, it's not with Gauthier nor the roster we have that we will ever get near the Cup again. We have a good core, but all we do each year is the same thing...trying to get into the playoffs by the back door than hope for some miracle. Last year, we faced 2 teams that were all offensive and no defense. Yes, the Penguins don't have any defense at all. We had Halak who mesmerized everybody but when it was time to face a more grittier and physical team like the Flyers, we got killed. The team needs to change their philosophy, and it should start with the scouting team. Don't try to make fun of me with the prospects because maybe the person you're trying to make fun knows more than you. At least, Yzerman did something this summer. All Gauthier did was signing Plekanec and he still isn't done with Price. The past is the past, although in the past we won with Quebecois, and even if people always say that it doesn't matter if they're french, americains or chinese, the Montreal Canadien has a strong history of french winners and we should give the chance to kids from our own province. Seeing David Perron, Letang, and upcoming guys like Caron shows that we missed on great players. Where's Pacioretty and Mcdonagh compared to Perron now?? We can include Claude Giroux..french-ontarian playing in the Q..too small? From the Q?
Yea, we should give a chance to francophones. And when we win we should all go to chucky cheeze.
Get real buddy, times have changed. All people like to do is whine about this issue, but when you use your head for just a minute you realize why it's simply not that possible anymore. Drafting has changed significantly than from the ''Flying Frenchmen Era''. There are a lot more teams. There's a lot more pressure on the players. There's EUROPEANS and a lot more good players coming from North America outside Quebec.
It's quite easy to whine about draft picks once they're up in the NHL. Hard part is to do it at the draft table.
But we changed most of our scouting team and the replacements are good.
This french debate is beyond ridiculous. At this point I just can't wait for a Qc team to reappear just to see how well they stock up on Qc born players.
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