Sportsnet Magazine: Inside The Long Pathetic Fall Of The Once Great Canadiens Empire
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01-13-2012, 02:45 PM
Join Date: Jun 2006
Giroux fits the profile of a player who, back in their glory days, would have been a star with the Canadiens.
So, too, teammate Daniel Brière -- Montreal's management tried hard to sign him a few seasons back but he opted for Philadelphia instead, feeling no magnetic pull to play close to home. They're also examples of a profound weakness in the organization stretching back for a generation:
When it seems the only way of bringing Québécois talent into the fold is on draft day, the team misses skill in its own backyard. Giroux was still available when the Canadiens walked up to the stage in 2006 to make their pick at No. 20. They opted for David Fischer
, a defenceman from the Minnesota high school ranks who has never donned the C-H or any other NHL sweater and was last spotted playing for the ECHL's Florida Everglades. The Quebec junior league might not produce stars every year, but its best inevitably land with other NHL teams, not the Canadiens. The same can be said of Québécois free agents -- it seems they think free agency allows them to sign with any team but the Habs.
Someone should tell Mr Joyce that Claude Giroux is from Ontario.
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