The Alexei Emelin Thread
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12-21-2011, 12:23 PM
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I just don't see the point of filling up your blueline with soft, small, puckmovers at the expense of someone who can bring something different to your team
, arguably, play better D than some of those aforementioned puckmovers (namely Diaz, IMO).
And it's not like Subban and Gill haven't deserved a benching at various times this year.
It is odd you know, but over the last number of years, regardless of who is in charge, the organization doesnt seem to always get that. For years we have been undersized and then BG got us even smaller with Cammy, Gio and Gomer. Fine to have small, skilled , speed guys but they need to be comlemented with big , physical guys. Fortunately we growed up MaxPac and finally we had a GM go get us another power forward with Cole. A move I didnt like was moving Obyrne. Dont get me wrong, Obyrne is just a top 6 D-man, but I didnt like the trade ( and Bournival looks like he has potential to make it ) because Obyrne, despite his flaws, brought size and a willingness to hit and move players in front of the net, and we didnt have anybody else like that. You need to have a mix of different abilities, 2 Gretzkys on a team and you have a powerhouse, 12 Gretzkys and you have a disaster ( this wouldnt apply to a guy like Messier ). Problem is Cunneyworth may have the Habs culture to do stuff like this. BG broke up the team to get a new culture in, I think the same is needed for the coaches. My worry, shared by others is we may lose Emelin after this year or next when we should be treating him right and looking to lock him up long term, not because hes top 3, assume hes a 4 or 5 D-man, because he has elements we completely lack, and hes at least decent defensively.
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