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06-28-2011, 12:27 AM
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People complained about Sam Pollock too, back in the day. Habs fans doubting and second guessing management has never been something new. If anything, the true tradition of habs "fans" is to complain about whoever is in charge because they are not pulling miracles every day and do not fart out rainbows.
Many years back there was a certain player whom was drafted by Pollock. The collective reaction of the fans was "bob who?". Yes, that player was Bob Gainey. The media and fans were desperate to figure out why Sam went and drafted a player in the first round who had such average statistics. The rest well, its history.
My favorite argument is when people compare how player x is doing in location x as if player x would post similar numbers in location y. There are many circumstances that surround every scenario. All of which can have an effect on performance. Here are some easy ones I can name off the top of my head. The different players one is surrounded with. The state of hockey in the city. The coaching style. Family life. Locker room environment.
In Montreal we create a fishbowl environment. We analyze everything about our players, from their performance on ice to each and every nose hair. We put the spotlight on these players. Here, they are celebrities. Many players are drafted at the tender age of 18. And each player who gets drafted by Montreal instantly has hundred of thousands of eyes following him. Watching. Waiting for the player to falter so they can rain down their boos on him. "Bah he's garbage". "That guy has a poor attitude". "Why did we draft this idiot?" "Management is screwing us over!!!" I don't know about you, but if I was given star status at such a young age, and then shat on only a few minutes later by the same people for making an error of judgement or not meeting their unreasonable expectations, I think I would get pretty down on myself too. And nothing is worse then playing with no confidence. I will even say that everything in life is made harder when one lacks confidence.
I will not throw my voice out to say Pierre Gauthier has done an awesome job, its much too early to determine anything. I do not fully endorse management. I just want some "fans" to understand and think on things reasonably before trashing management.
ffs Sergei was booed out of town. How many of you booed him or talked **** on him? He was one of my favorite players! If anyone should complain it was his fans. I was super happy when we drafted him. And now the same people who shat on him are the ones blaming management for getting rid of him?
Okay i got a bit of my anger out there, back to reason.
Management does what it wants. This will always be the case. The fans will never be happy with management. This will always be the case. Any GM worth his weight should never listen to the fans. Sam Pollock was the epitome of that. He traded established veterans for future picks and young prospects. Many fans were furious with him, but the results speak for themselves.
There are fans who are pissed at PG, but at the end of the day, in two years we have reached the conference finals once, and lost in game 7 overtime to the SC champions. Yes we have not won a cup. But its not like he entered with a championship caliber team to start with anyway. I may not agree with the moves he has made. I may not like him. But I know I cannot go against the results.
O, and just a heads up, it is usually a bad idea to insult the opposing side of an argument. It does not demonstrate that you are correct in your position, since when there is an argument there is no true correct stance else it would not be an argument. You can present your arguments. You can demonstrate why your oppositions points are weaker. But simply shrugging them off as people" looking for excuses to justify bad decisions" is rather infantile. This has nothing to do with my stance. This is simply a criticism on your writing style. Use it in a constructive or destructive matter at your leisure.
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