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01-13-2012, 11:47 PM
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Originally Posted by SouthernHab View Post
It isnt pressure. If a player is affected by pressure from the media or the fans, then they are not mentally tough to begin with. That is fluff and a built in excuse for the failure that we are seeing today.

Where was this crushing pressure when Montreal was successful?

And to the reason why Lapierre and Latendresse failed here, all one has to do is look at their coaches. Lats was played on the 3rd and 4th lines by Carbo and got junk minutes. Once he left here and was given an opportunity to succeed and given confidence by his coach, he excelled as a top line forward. Lapierre was mishandled by Martin. He was very good as a defensive forward but was getting less time on the PK.

That is coaching, not location.

And why would a top notch star forward want to come to Montreal to play. For years and years, all they have seen is top 6 players hounded and harassed with no one on the team coming to step in for them. In Montreal, you are on your own. Ask Subban about that.
I think the problem has been management accommodating the media , it seems like Montreal is the only city where finishing in the bottom is unacceptable in order to rebuild and get real talent via draft (Kane , Eberle , RNH , Stamkos...) , while I do understand that predicting top end talent is never easy especially when you don't have a lottery pick but I honestly think you need a core of elite talent to build around in order to achieve desired results (remaining competitive during the season + accomplishing something in playoffs). There are no guarantees in life however it's the most proven way to build a winner in today's NHL.

Boston last year : Chara/Thomas = Elite talent (Seguin also in the future) , Krejci/Bergeron = Strong talent.
Chicago : Toews/Kane/Hossa/Keith = Elite talent , Sharp/Versteeg = Strong talent.
Pittsburgh : Crosby/Malkin = Elite talent , Fleury/Letang/Staal = Strong talent.
Detroit : Zetterberg/Datsyuk/Lidstrom = Elite talent , Franzen/Hudler = Strong talent.
Anaheim : Perry/Getzlaf/Niedermayer = Elite talent , Giguere = Strong talent (was amazing during that run.)
Carolina : Staal/Brind'amour/Ward = Elite talent , J.Williams/Stillman = Strong talent.

Notice the pattern , every team has 2-3 forwards with strong/elite offensive skill , as well as 2-3 strong role players as well as a hot goalie.

If Markov comes back and produces all we need is 1-2 elite forwards (easier said then done) and we can deem are team a success , until then we are a bubble team at best.

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