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07-29-2012, 03:13 PM
Join Date: Dec 2010
I think pointing to teams like New Jersey and Detroit as teams that didn't use the draft as a tool to build from tanking Is flawed. Those teams were both horrible and drafted franchise players that they signed and built teams around them... Detroit got guys like Yzerman and Lidstrom (first and third round) and built teams around those cornerstones... New Jersey drafted guys like Brendan Shanahan, Martin Brodeur, and Niedermayer... Shanahan eventually went to St Louis for the Stevens RFA fiasco... So now you have two of the best defensemen of all time and the winningest goaltender ever.... They held on to those pieces and built around them.
The problem with the Habs is that we've had the talent but we haven't evaluated it correctly. Patrick Roy AND Mike Keane for spare parts??? John Leclair AND Eric Desjardins for Recchi? Chelios for Savard? Guys like Souray, Koivu, Komisarek all having value and walking. Chris Higgins, Latendresse, Lapierre, Sergei Kostitsyn, Grabovski, Cammelleri all run out of town... And you wonder why Montreal doesn't attract free agents?
Truth be told we have to use the draft... Our history of mismanagement and incompetence... Of winning "now" and not building a foundation is what is killing this franchise. We restocked the cupboards nicely this draft but there are still many holes to fill... The team we have now isn't good enough to compete, so when we are out of it at the deadline... Sell and sell hard. Rebuild from the ashes and develop with franchise draftees and add complementary pieces through free agency and trades.
Sorry for the rant.
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