Alex Galchenyuk Thread 4.0 - The "I like it like That" Edition
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11-02-2012, 06:37 PM
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This is the thinking that culminated in last season, and the current situation. No, we cannot predict with 100% certainty that we aren't contenders next year. But that doesn't mean that we should make our team building decisions based on the idea that we're going to win the cup given that there's a 0.01% chance that it happens. It's idealistic. It's the mentality that you want your players to have, not your GM.
Every team in the NHL is more unlikely to win the cup in any given year, than they are to win. However, are you trying to say that we have an especially good chance of winning the cup next year? Or would you say there's at least 15 teams with a more arguable case than ours?
The biggest reason we bombed so hard last year, was our best player, Markov, being once again lost to injury. If he's healthy, which all signs point to, then we are twice the team we are without him. Also let's not forget all the other injuries that plagued us last year. We didn't have any depth to handle them.
I'm not trying to sell you on the idea that we are favorites or that we have a great chance of winning next year, but we're not far. There's work to be done for sure, but most of the hardest things to find, we've got! Plekanec is most definitely part of the solution for Montreal, so I wouldn't be trying to move him. I'd be dumping the crappy contracts and looking to replace them with better value through free agency; identify the prospects that are expendable and try to parlay them into more established and needed talent; keep building through the draft and maybe try to get another 1st pick with our 3 2nds.
Now having said all that, if we can get a great asset for Plekanec, then you do it, obviously. We shouldn't be actively shopping him though, it's not like he'll be walking at the end of the year or anything. I'm loving where this team is headed and wouldn't be panicking in anyway about our finish last year. Give Plekanec some real top line players to play with and I'll bet that his value will go up, but more importantly, the team will be that much better.
I know you used the marketing analogy, but this isn't the stock market. You can't cash out a draft pick, nothing is guaranteed. The goal is to win hockey games, and Pleky greatly increases our chances of doing so.
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