The case for a 1-year surgical tank for the Habs
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07-26-2012, 10:03 PM
Join Date: Sep 2005
I agree that a bottom 5 finish would be great for the Habs longterm.
I agree that the team is currently not a championship team, and even if prospects like Tinordi, Galchenyuk, Beaulieu, Gallagher, Leblanc develop nicely and are added to the current core there's still a bunch of holes.
It would be great to fill those holes with players like MacKinnion or Jones. And probably our 2nds could prove to be valuable in the future.
But any whiff of the franchise potentially purposely doing something like that would taint the franchise and put the MB regime to bed immediately. The media would blow it up and the fans would be all over it. The "new" direction of the franchise is meant to be establishing a team that competes for the Cup every year. We don't tank. We con bad teams and bad GMs into trading us their 1st picks and then protect the investment by trading good players to other bad teams like we used to.
We don't aim our boat into the rocks. We don't even pretend to look away while someone else does something bad. This team is meant to be returning to a championship mentality.
We will fill our holes through better player development, better coaching, continued excellence in drafting, and smart free agent signings and trades. And we will do it with our attitude and direction.
And perhaps we'll try really hard and have hard luck with injuries and an improved conference and will get a bottom 5 pick anyway. Then...whoopee!
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