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05-05-2006, 11:25 AM
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What I expect him to say (and I guarantee this is said at Detroit's end of year PC) is: "We will improve our team in whatever way necessary". If it means UFA's, then it does.
Not this "our farm system is so great and we'll improve from within stuff".
I'll say it now, we don't have anybody coming from Hamilton that is ready to make a major impact on this team NEXT YEAR. Not ever, but next year. Kostitysn, if we're extremely lucky will be as good as Perezhogin and Chip and Lat's are not ready.
Detroit's in a different position than Montreal. They're a contender, with an aging nucleus of players who are expected to win now.
Montreal's still in a transitional period. I think the organization's finally out of 'phase one' (being collecting assets/young players), but is not a contender or close to that status.
And 'improving from within' doesn't even mean adding bodies from Hamilton. It could be something as simple as improving the system, to expecting player development--which is not out of the realm of possibility.
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