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11-19-2010, 10:49 PM
Darth Joker
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I have to disagree with people who said that the Habs of that era would not have been cup contenders with Roy.

The Habs of that era had Pierre Turgeon, Mark Recchi, Vinny Damphousse, an up-and-coming young Saku Koivu, Mike Keane, Valeri Bure, Brian Savage back when he could pot 20 or more goals a season, and basically a very nice forward corps, probably better than the one that we had when we won the Cup in 93. They also had Vladimir Malakhov (basically a poor man's Andrei Markov) on defense, along with guys like Lyle Odelein and Patrice Brisebois (good in a 3rd or 4th D role at the time).

With Roy in net, this team could have legitimately won another Cup or two. They weren't a favorite, but on paper they were just as good as (if not better than) the 93 team. With an impact defenseman and/or power forward added, they'd be a legit Stanely Cup contender.

But the problem wasn't just deciding to trade Patrick Roy; it was the failure to get anything even approaching fair value for him. A netminder of Roy's caliber should have netted the Habs a real impact player. Instead, we got spare parts and a young, unproven netminder that never did anything for us.

If Houle couldn't get a better return for Roy than the Colorado package, then he should have done everything in his power to placate Roy and keep him in Montreal - up to and including firing Tremblay. I can understand a team wanting to favor a brand new coach over a player in a dispute between the two; you give in to the player, and you risk letting the inmates run the insane asylum. But Roy wasn't just any player; if you can't net one of the leagues top 40 players for him, then you really shouldn't trade him.

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