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02-28-2012, 09:28 PM
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How will the treatment of veterans affect the Habs' ability to sign FAs?

There are obviously some big decisions to be made this offseason. After a season such as this, there need to be some bold moves to try to change the culture of the team. One such move would be to say, "it doesn't matter who you are, if you're not performing, we don't want you on the team" - and either buyout or bury in the minors Gomez and Kaberle.

This would probably be the best thing for the team, and the quickest way to move forward. It would take Molson accepting a financial hit, but clearly a bold move is necessary.

My question is this: would this negatively affect our ability to attract free agents? Would the Habs be seen as a team that disrespects veteran players? Even if they deserve such treatment, other players and the union tend to look down on those types of mercenary moves by teams.

What do you guys think? And for the time being, I'd like to set aside the question of whether or not Molson and the Habs' management would even take this step.

PS - My first thread started - hope it provokes a decent discussion.

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