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08-14-2012, 10:01 AM
Join Date: Oct 2011
Originally Posted by
Strange fixation exclusive to HFboards. As someone else said,
you play to win the game. There is no alternative
. You need to build and forge a winning culture. You can get used to losing, and you can get used to winning. You want your young players to be developing in a winning environment.
Personally I think the Habs will make the playoffs this year, but they're going to have to stay healthy especially on D.
Listen, no one has ever proposed that the players should give 25% effort and score in their own net. We aren't suggesting the institutionalization of losing. The ''tank'' crowd is all for playing to win, but we realize that this is merely a motto, and the opposition is saying the same thing. So when we will face the Rangers, the Pens, the Flyers, the Bruins, the Sens and others, we will play to win, they will play to win, and in the end, they will probably win. And that is fine.
We can live with the losses. We are all still alive after last season, so according to my calculations, we should be able to repeat this feat. What we CAN'T live with is a GM that panics and overreacts to a losing a streak. We DON'T want a GM who will trade our 2013 2nd picks for the Campolis and Dominic Moores of this world. We don't want to trade prospects and picks for short term fixes that don't fix anything.
We are for a ''tank'' in the sense that we don't want management to fix the boat if it starts sinking. Hell, most of us wouldn't mind accelerating the sinking, if it has started, by trading assets that could be valuable to teams who are in their winning window. We are not there.
Our core is signing long term deals. Before signing, they talk to management. I am convinced that there is a plan in place, and that it most likely includes one or two seasons of hibernation.
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