Plekanec and Jagr Lighting Up the CEL
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11-11-2012, 05:27 AM
Join Date: May 2012
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I believe when Jagr did his presser in Dallas he said Montreal was his first choice. Not too long after there was an article on rds with Plekanec saying he was disappointed with the non-signing.
Instead of chasing Doan, Bergervin should have at least attempted to sign Jagr. It was clear Bergervin wanted to fill the hole in the top 6 with wanting to sign Doan. Jagr would have been cheaper and would have been a shorter term.
The non-signing of Jagr last year was easier to swallow because we signed Cole. This year, well I'm disappointed and surprised that Bergervin hasn't received 1/10th of the flack Gauthier received on these boards when he passed on Jagr.
I'm not so sure MB was ever in hot pursue of Doan. It was something I am sure he dabbled about with, but he was never a top priority imo. Even if it was, I'm sure its because he feels Doan offers a bit more long term stability. I'm a huge JJ fan, but to me, this criticism has been overblown. We were near max on the cap, with no certainty of a compliance buyout of any kind. In order to get either of these guys it would've meant we needed to waive Gomez. I'm not so sure this would be a prudent move by a 3rd last place team. Seems like the type of move that has contributed to the lack of sustained success over the years.
We should MB a year or two before judging his non signings.
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