2012-13 is a transition year. Bergevin is focusing on 2013-14.
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07-16-2012, 05:01 PM
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Yes 2012-13 is a transition year.
ok first, for the habs not to improve this year the exact same things must happen
A ton of injuries to important players AGAIN. Markov out all year again, forcing habs to over play some d-men.
Gomez must play at least 60 games on the first 2 lines and yet another big fat 0, the Coach refuses to take him out of the lineup all year.
A ton of games lost by 1 goal AGAIN.
All the NEW Gm,coaches make NO difference to the Habs and work ethic.
Going forward, the habs now have a good set of prospects. Almost all need that 1 year in Hamilton before the call up.
Gomez and Kaberle contracts ( that NOBODY wants) will need more time to get ride of ( and that all depends on the new CBA)
Can't you see this coming. 1 year more of transition hockey, might make the playoffs but at lease a bit better then last year. probable finish 4-6 point out of the playoffs.
In 2013-14 , well now things will look very different.
Gomez Kaberle gone ( 12mil in cap space gained)
4-5 new rookies enter the lineup changing the habs for sure.
The best of the current team still under contracts.
don't forget that 12mil to spend will get the habs 2 good players.
So for that 2013-14 season the habs could have 7 new players and good quality players added to the already good quality core.
If the Habs rush the prospects too soon it's NOT a good thing.
Let them learn, let them ramp up at normal speed in Hamilton.
Try a few mid-late in this year to give them a taste of the real NHL speed.
All this without ANY trade MB might do to help.
I might add that the Habs have IN HAND a few extra draft picks again in 2013. Timmins went NUTS this year, he just might go NUTS again in 2013.
Habs did NOT lose any players to UFA signings to new teams.
So some teams lost big time, those teams won't be as strong next year for sure. Most of the defections left the EST to go out West.
No way the Habs finish last again. NO WAY
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