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03-06-2012, 08:11 AM
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Sure, Montreal isn't as attractive as New York for UFAs, but we ain't exactly Minnesota or Carolina, either. The city and franchise still carry a strong appeal. You don't become stuck with a 'bottom dweller' tag because of one bad season.
A healthy and playing Markov adds some prestige to our team. Defensemen will want to play alongside him. Carey Price is considered elite and carries similar prestige.
Luckily, the rest of the league doesn't see all the squabbling and whining behind the scenes of our obsessive fan base. They see a team that fell off the map this season because they're young and rebuilding. The message is that the new Habs are reinventing themselves as younger, bigger and tougher.
Lastly, introducing a new coach early in the off-season will help build a buzz that we're headed in a fresh new direction.
A well managed team that has a bright future with young players is very attractive to UFA's . Let's give that a try and see if we have any of the traditional Montreal barriers any more.
Problem is the team hasn't developed a good nucleus on which they could augment with the occasional high end free agent. Mismanagement created the need to rely on free agents just to remain competitive. Didn't work out so well in the long run.
A strong franchise will not have any problems getting talent, players like to win.
Recent UFA's the team has signed have been mercenaries. That's not the type of UFA that Montreal attracts, that's the type of UFA the currently mismanaged Montreal team attracts.
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