The Habs have way too many veteran forwards
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07-10-2012, 03:06 PM
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No. For argument's sake, how would you decrease the number of veteran forwards? Players become UFAs at 27, or 25 if they enter the league at 18, so we can rule out the UFA market. We are left with trades and drafting. What young forward could we trade for? Who would we trade?
Retrospectively, I wouldn't sign that many UFA forwards. What can be done now? You can either make trades or banish to the AHL. Obviously you can't go from 8 veteran forwards to 3 veteran forwards overnight.
We have a number of forwards aged 28 or less who are already on the roster or could be ready to play in the NHL by 2013-2014, e.g.: Eller, Galchenyuk, Gallagher, Leblanc, Collberg, Desharnais, Pacioretty, White, Kristo, Palushaj, etc. Cup winning teams don't have 8 veteran forwards. They have younger forwards who eat up less cap space and can be effective contributors at younger ages. Of late, cup winning teams tend to either use up cap space on younger elite forwards and expensive veteran roster spots on defencemen.
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