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07-22-2012, 12:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Miller Time View Post
as frustrating... infuriating, as it would be to lose part or a full season...

imagine if the season gets shelved, and we end up in another draft lottery situation, where quite likely we'd end up in the lower-tier(assuming they used a similar formula to last time), thus getting a strong shot at a top-5 pick...

- end up with a top forward prospect like Mackinnon, Monahan, Barkov
- lose a year of Gomez/Kaberle/Bourque
- be in a much more favorable situation to move any of the above since they'd have 1(gomez/kaberle) or 2 (bourque) years left on their deals
- 1 extra year of development for our borderline NHL prospects (Leblanc/Geoffrion/Palushaj/Weber) and for our top young guys they'd surely find spots world-wide where they'd be in starring roles (Maxpac/subban/desharnais/eller) assuming they weren't ripping it up in the AHL.

from an organization pov, losing a year of NHL play might actually be a FF to having a legit contender since it would remove any pressure on the management team to make any "win now" moves, it would give us a great shot at another lottery pick (without having to suffer through a lottery-pick season), it would give our talented young assets an extra year to develop away from the intense pressure/scrutiny of Montreal, and it would bring the talented prospects we already have 1 year closer to being NHL assets (Gally, Gallagher, Beaulieu, Tinordi et.)

more I think about it, more it might actually turn into a "silver lining" for us... once you get away from the hole "year without NHL hockey" suckiness.
That's nice but on the other hand, Subban, Max and Price are now a year older. Another year removed from their window of opportunity.

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