Martin and Gauthier Press Conference on Now
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05-01-2011, 03:24 AM
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I said it at the time: the 2009 rebuild was all about the kids. It was about getting players who were closer in age to the team's rising youth (at least at forward) and who could help them grow while still being competitive when they came of age. Unfortunately, pickings at D were comparatively slim so Gainey had to go with older players as stopgap measures. This is the year where the unit gets younger, though, to match Subban, Gorges, and potentially Weber.
this is kind of hard to take seriously...
S.Kost, Latendresse, R.O'byrne, Lapierre, D'agostini and Chipchura made up the bulk of the prime "youths" in the organization going into the summer of '09, and if your theory is correct, would have to have been a huge part the core of the young players that the 09 rebuild would have been about as they were the young players closest to the NHL (or in it) who would have been/were NHL ready to play with the group of players brought in...
and in case you haven't noticed, all of the are gone, and all of them were "closer in age" to the core group we brought in than the young players from that time that we actually still have (Subban, Weber, MaxPac, White, DD).
sorry but I'm not buying that line of reasoning one bit.
also, the 09' UFA defensemen group was actually pretty heavy in terms of players in the skill level of a Spacek or Gill.
Gill turned out great, but Spacek was, in retrospect (although at the time several posters felt it would end this way, including myself), BY FAR the worst defenseman signing of that group.
Several other options were available, and none of them required as big of a commitment in salary and/or term.
look for yourself.
the 09 moves reaked of desperation and a lack of a clear vision, and thus far, little of the results have shown anything to change that.
we were wrong about Gomez, Spacek and Mara.
Gionta is a toss-up (he's been good, not great, and his price tag is quite heavy for such a one-dimensional player)
cammy, gill and Moen have more/or/less delivered, with Gill probably the most consistent on that front.
and the "misses" were far bigger than the "hits"...
hard to build a contender when operating that way.
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