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02-11-2012, 03:57 AM
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Talking about trading Plekanec, as though there's some magical deal out there by which you trade thirty year old centers for the reincarnation of Mariox Lemieux, is ridiculous. The way you build a strong , Stanley Cup team is through cultivating young talent and creating so much depth that any specific flaw is overcome by general excellence -- that's essentially the way Detroit built their team. What the Habs have to stop doing is trading away young talent because it's imperfect, and giving it enough time to be good. There is no magical deal out there; but there is a lot of good young talent in the system and available outside it (cf. DD.) The chief flaw in the Habs game this year is inexperience on defense, anyway; that will change with time. Endlessly churning the talent in the hope of turning up some messiah is the way the Rangers thought about hockey for decades (still do: Lindros, Jagr,etc.) and is why they've won one Cup in fifty odd years.

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