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11-07-2012, 08:56 AM
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Originally Posted by Drydenwasthebest View Post
Incorrect. There is not a "lot of analysis" there are gut feelings based on a single poor year. Last year was a complete cluster****, it was FUBAR in every sense of the term due to multiple injuries, coaching stupidity, management idiocy, etc...

To do a proper analysis, one should look beyond a single season. For example: Montreal made the playoffs in 4 of the last 5 seasons. We made the Conference quarterfinals twice, Conference semi-finals once, and the Conference finals once. That shows this is a competitive team that is capable of making, and even succeeding to some degree, in the playoffs. For a further analysis, we can look at one of our greatest areas of weakness last year: a lack of size and toughness. Prust and Armstrong are two players brought in to help address those weaknesses. Bouillon was alsoi brought in to strengthen the defensive strength and toughness. We also needed better support for Plekanec. Ideally Bourque and Gionta will help considerably in that regard. We are not even considering the rookies who could very well have an impact this season.

Other problems have also been addressed: we have a new GM who seems to have an eye for talent and is putting his stamp on this team. We have an entire new coaching staff and Head Coach who will, at the very least, bring a different atmosphere to a locker room that was lost by the coaching staff last season.

Now, there are no guarantees we will make the playoffs. However, if we do an actual analysis of our team that looks at a lot more than our record from last year, we can see the possibilities for success being higher than a small and simplified analysis of our one year record would indicate.
Couldn't have said it better.

Virtually nobody last year projected the Habs to have such a terrible season, it shows how much they underperformed in regards to expectations. A lot of unpredictable external factors contributed to their demise and not just injuries (which are expected on any teams). Since the team is, at least on paper, at least as good as last year's (and imho better, with the addition of solid bottom 6 players which we lacked, and more experience on defense) we should expect better results since hopefully we won't get a management and coaching gong show going on. In fact, we might even get a ''coaching honeymoon'' as players will try and follow the new system. This ''honeymoon'' did not appear with Cunneyworth, who didn't change much from Martin and was already out of the playoffs anyways.

I'd actually love a top pick again DAChampion, I just don't think we're very likely to have one. In fact the shorter the season&longer the lockout, the less I care about the playoffs or watching a team that can win games.

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