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07-11-2011, 01:47 PM
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All good points. I think where I'm coming from is that I just really want Yemelin to work here, and I have a feeling that if we get a guy like Hannan right away, Yemelin will have to prove right off that bat that he's better than him, Weber and Spacek, straight out of camp. If you were Yemelin, and you had a decent camp but still got sent down, would you really want to come back one day? If it were up to me, I would give Yemelin every opportunity to succeed this Fall, and with Martin as coach (not big on young players) having too many veterans fighting for the 6th-7th spot is not putting Yemelin in that position.
I just want the best Habs team. I don't care a lick if that's with Emelin or Hannan or Spacek or whoever else holding down a regular spot on D. The more candidates to consider, the more depth and insurance options we have, the better I think it will be for the Habs.
"If I was Yemelin"... I'd ask everybody to write my name "Emelin", because that's the way I am conditioned to writing it
. Then, I'd want to play for the Montreal Canadiens, so I'd work hard and stick it out. Or is that if Emelin was me? Maybe if I was him I'd be a whole lot more comfortable going home. Anyway, I don't care... players need to make their own way, and there are lots of Jacques Martins around the NHL who will use the veteran option. Generally because the veteran option *is* better. It's job security for the coach. Win-now mentality. I'm ok with "win-now" for the Habs. The team isn't rebuilding. If Emelin is good enough to break into that situation, great. If he's not, he's welcome to go back to the KHL, I don't really care.
i can't stress enough how being Russian is way different than being Swiss, when it comes to hockey mentality. So to say that Yemelin and Diaz are pretty much in the same boat is not necessarily true. Yemelin could end up staying in the KHL to later become a serious earner, whereas Diaz has probably topped out at the salary he's currently making in the Swiss league. Which is why Diaz is totally fine with playing in Hamilton, and Yemelin sees no point in it whatsoever. All this to say that i think a little more effort, coddling if you will, is needed in Yemelin's case. If he clearly looks out of shape and unwilling to learn in training camp that's one thing. But if they send him back because there's too many veterans standing in his way, i think it would be a mistake. Good luck getting him to come back...
I'm just saying they have the same contract. Basically. To me, they both enter camp with the same opportunity. Meritocracy all the way. I wouldn't bat an eyelid at assigning either one to Hamilton if their training camp said that's where they belonged. If either one subsequently wanted to go home, so be it. Agreed that the Russian player has a different set of options and likely different priorities, therefore, and that's fine. I wouldn't let that affect me as a GM. It's not like Emelin is Malkin or Ovechkin here. I don't know if the Habs management would have the same attitude as I do or not... probably not, based on the indications so far. But then, they have lots of information I don't have. Lacking that info, I want the team to sign another experienced NHL defenseman. And let the chips fall where they may on the issue of Emelin.
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