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11-01-2003, 11:13 PM
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Mike8
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By the way, another very good example of how to build a team is Carolina.

The Hurricanes had all the right ingredients except the proper drafting. The team was banking on their kids developing decently, and went into a quick rebuilding phase. Before they had much chance to rebuild, they jumped the gun; seemingly feeling they had a good amount of young talent. They went out and signed Ron Francis, traded for Gary Roberts (dealt Giguere!), Glen Wesley (gave up 3 first rounders -- one of which was Samsonov), Sean Hill, Rod Brind'Amour, Martin Gelinas and some quality veteran depth.

Then they brought up youngsters like Jeff O'Neill, Sami Kapanen, Josef Vasicek, Erik Cole, Bates Battaglia, Tanabe, and a few others. The only problem was, they dealt way too much youth in order to attain the veterans to surround the young nucleus they had built; very similarly to how you're proposing the Habs surround their youth.

Now, not all was lost in the Hurricanes' rebuild. Jeff O'Neill wouldn't be the same player he is today without the tutelage of Gary Roberts, for example. But, the team is now an 'in betweener'. The veterans are starting to get ready to retire or move on to greener pastures (a la Wesley last season, Roberts earlier), and there isn't much youth left to tap in the organization. But the club did surround the youth with a fantastic group of veterans, who worked hard on and off the ice, and have given the franchise an identity for years to come.

The Habs can do the same, but need to do so with shrewd moves, and not giving up valuable assets. (Just imagine the Canes with Giguere, Samsonov, and a couple more first rounders to their name.)

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