Winning the cup...at all cost?
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06-02-2011, 04:42 PM
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Winning the cup...at all cost?
I catched a few seconds of last game's intro for the canucks and bruins game and there were banners with something along the lines of "this is what we live for" at the 4 corners of the rink. I gotta say I had chills. I couldn't help myself but wonder how awesome it would be if the habs was in that big stage, where the bests of the bests belong, having a chance to win THE cup. I gotta say sometimes I feel like an NHL puppet for being so emo over a catchphrase. I'm not the only one. Being a huge canadiens and hockey fan, I can't overlook the importance the stanley cup has in my life in an entertainment and passion point of view. If i had to make a "things i gotta do/see before I die" list, "winning the stanley cup" or "my favorite teams wins the stanley cup" would probably be there. As fans, we dream about living this at least once in our lives. I can't even imagine how big of a feeling it would be to see pk subban, carey price or any other canadiens hoist the cup. In my case, it's almost true that as a fan, "this is what I live for". We take the time to discuss about tiny details regarding our teams past, present, and future. We overnanalyze every prospects, every trades, every plays. We hope for the best and our presence in these boards shows how passionnate we are. And I like the idea that the players care not only that they won the cup, but that they're happy they've written history for the montreal canadiens. It's not just the joy of being the fan who is happy his team won, it's also the joy that comes with the empathy towards the player who is quite happy he won it for the team and its history, its prestige (in my dream world
). That's actually what I found difficult when gainey rebuilded the team entirely. There was this moment where I was hoping the new players would care for the team. Fortunately, they managed to show us they care. Just think about it for a minute. How important it is for you, as a fan, to see your team win the big prize? You get the idea.
That being said, I'd like to read your opinion and your thoughts about the next few lines. I think it's sad and frustrating that in my mind, the cup is on such a pedestal. I feel betrayed and even more like a puppet when I hear about players thinking about the cash before the cup. That is something my brain is just unable to understand. Let me give you an example. Apparently, Pierre Gauthier won't have enough space in the cap to sign both Markov and Wizniewski. Obviously, PG will go for Markov, and with good reasons. From some sources, markov is likely to sign a more than 3 year contract and over 5 millions per year. He wants to sign here because he likes the montreal canadiens and according to the fact he is an nhl player, winning the cup is "what he lives for". But then you gotta wonder, if he really likes the montreal canadiens and if he really lives to win the stanley cup, why would he be so hungry for money? Why not lower the salary to 3-4 millions and give a chance to PG to sign another good player who may actually help his favorite team make his dream come true? Markov is just an example. There are other examples, like star players who would prefer to win 10 millions a year for a crappy team rather than pursuing a personal quest for the cup. In my mind, if you want to be considered a legend, you had to win the cup at least once. Why? Because the great players who really want to win the cup win it, simple as that. Ray won it with the Avs. He took the decisions that made him live his dream. Marian Hossa wanted the cup, and he got it (and jackpot for a huge contract also).
So, what are your feelings toward this? As much as your innerself lives for hockey 24/7, don't you have the impression sometimes that you're being fooled by the illusion that it's passion before business? Do the players really live to win the cup? Do you think some players ignore the opportunity to be a part of a winning team just to have a bigger salary? And just to make the thread more catchy, the last sentence will be the actual title. Do you think the actual NHL era shows us that the players are willing to win the cup...at all cost?
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