Trade value of three Habs
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05-10-2006, 03:59 PM
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I'm just hoping that they can get the right mixture. I appreciate the guys we have right now, they're all battlers and they go to war. But you need at least four guys who can move the puck quickly and smartly if you wanna win a Cup and we're three guys away from that right now, that's all I know. Also, our agility down low has to be improved. So we need to pick up the skills of smaller men while retaining our size somehow. Rivet and Souray's contracts are both up at the end of next season. Neither of them is cheap for what they offer and their contracts have more to do with seniority (and a good half-season from Souray) than anything else. Bouillon is a decent bottom-pair guy if he has the right partner (he doesn't in Dandenault). I am not matching us against the Big Three or anything, but I would like to see four solid puck movers with mobility and some size mixed in. Then I'll know we have a shot at a Cup. Until I see that, I don't believe.
And we don't have much time to synchronize that with the end of Markov's contract either. He's gonna be up for big bucks and will probably be overvalued and we'll probably have to pony up the cash for him. On top of that, Huet is an unknown quantity, despite his fine play in stretches. To me he has a long way to go to prove that he can put in 4 or 5 solid #1 years in. I'm not convinced just looking at the weak goals he lets in from time to time.
Defense wins championships and we have a long way to go.
I agree with your premise, I'm just not sure the guys you want are out there. If we sat in abar with a Hockey News depth chart and went over th eguys in teh league and got a sampling of opinions, I just don't think these guys are out there. Look at TB, they won with Boyle,Kubina, who fit your definition, and 4 others who are good players but can't be defines as elite puck movers.
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