Thread: Attracting UFAs
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03-04-2012, 10:02 PM
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Originally Posted by 68 View Post
Are we ever gonna see a superstar player from Quebec sign with the Habs as an UFA?
Superstar players from Quebec aren't running the streets these days sadly. Who was the last one to have hit the UFA market? Briere some years ago?

Originally Posted by lou4gehrig
Unless we have a legit chance to win a cup (which we won't for at least a few seasons), we shouldn't sign any UFA's. It just pushes us from a lottery team which are talent says we are, to a barely making / missing the playoff team. We won't ever be able to build with high end young players if we keep bandaiding everything.
Thing is we are not like Calgary (for instance). We have some good young pieces we can build on and we could easily be competitive with a key signing, a good coach and perhaps a good trade or two. Easier said than done of course but what else can we do?

We need to build this team on Price, Pacioretty, 2012 first rounder and Subban as key components. Cole, Eller, Leblanc, Desharnais, Gionta, Plekanec, Emelin, Gorges can be good core players for some years.

UFA signings are one of few ways to bring value to the team's playing roster. The other ways are drafting (long term plan), acute trading (in the end its very rare a team actually gains value from trading. you win some and lose some) and waiver picking (very low risk/very low reward).

Long term we need to devote attention to the draft but by the time 2nd rounders this year and next year make the NHL Price will be closing on 30 years old, to put things in perspective. Its important to try and be competitive in the next two years to instill a winning attitude to this sorry mess of a team we have. Sure we are tanking this year but I'll be pissed if we do the same next year.

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