2012-13 is a transition year. Bergevin is focusing on 2013-14.
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07-16-2012, 04:01 PM
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Barring a miracle, it's highly unlikely, no?
And that is in spite of Gionta, not because of him. Gio is a fine player, one of the many pieces we might want to keep to be competitive. He ain't a game breaker, but then again, you better fire a lot of players if you want only to hold game breakers.
I agree with the op, the terrible contracts tie MB's hands, the last thing he wants to do is sign another.
Somewhat agreed. Except for Gomez, we can potentially trade any of them to a needy team if they get going reasonably.
We have got 20 plus million tied up in mostly junk, maybe more. The correct decision is to let those contracts expire before creating more.
Gomez 7+ junk
Bourque just under 4 junk
Kabelre 4+ junk
Markov just under 6, Could be junk, could be awesome.
Gionta 5m not junk, but not a
Game breaker, don't mind GIo much, but he isn't the type to generate much offense on his own.
Disagree except for Gomez. Bourque is big and responsible defensively, Kaberle might be unidimensional, but he ain't useless. Just dump Gomez.
Markov ain't junk, nor is Gio. Kaberle and Bourque are sub-par, but not beyond salvage.
In two years our young guys will be Improved and then it will be time to add pieces
Agreed. And the beauty of it is, in 2 years Gio, Gomez, Markov & Kaberle will be off the books, so we can buy whomever we want.
But in the meanwhile, why can't we try to make work what we have and offer a quality spectacle? Fans don't deserve washing your hands off the show just yet.
Plus, if you prove you can be a bit competitive, you might get extra return for all the parts you might want to trade within the next years. You sure won't make Kab or Gio more desirable if you make them play a crappy team with crappy results.
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