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07-23-2012, 02:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Captain Smurf View Post
You can't bring up a team like the Kings, who only went after the complementary peices after they drafted guys like Kopitar, Quick, Doughty, Johnson and Schenn. We don't have the core to build around yet. You don't add the leather upholstery to a car before ton't fault him e frame is finished and you don't bring in complementary pieces before you have the core in place.

Guys like Bourque and Kaberle were also seen as complementary pieces. Now, they're scape-goats.
IMO you have the wrong slant on Bourque and Kaberle. Bourque was acquired because Cammalleri wasn't doing his job and was mouthing off; the Habs also got a second rounder and a prospect in the deal. Kaberle was brought in because the Habs had a weak PP but still had a chance of making the playoffs. He was acquired at the price of dead wood in the person of Spacek rather than a promising prospect or a draft choice. Sure, those two are unpopular, but Gauthier wanted to salvage something from the season. I don't fault him for those deals or for unloading Gill. The draft choices may end up as part of the core.

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