McKenzie's Take On The Habs
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01-19-2013, 01:38 AM
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Canberra, Australia
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So, what ur saying is...
Bc we have more veteran pieces that a contending team would want (you listed 6), we are better positioned to get prospects out of them in trade... Correct?
Presumably you didn't include price, maxpac, subban, gorges, eller (and to a lesser degree, emelin? Diaz? Desharnais) bc you view them as worth keeping & building with? ( since all they would have similar or more trade value, to a broader range of teams looking to get better now/willing to move picks/prospects)
That makes 14 players...
Add in our own top prospects 1-2 yrs away (let's keep it to gally, tinordi, and one of Gallagher, Leblanc, Ellis, bournival, Leblanc, kristo, beaulieu, dumont)...
And that's 17 players, including elite goalie, minute eating dman, dynamic offensive winger & maybe elite fwd...
Each team has 6-8 depth players (and in prust/moen/white, we've got some solid ones)...
And u have a 23 player roster that, by using the same logic u apply to selling off everyone, has the makings of an emerging contender...
We aren't the jackets, jets or laffs... We have holes, but we have both prospects to fill them and money to spend on tweaking next summer, now that Gomez is gone.
If we sign subban, Plekanec, for sure, and cole/gionta (barring "can't say no offers") are part of the solution, not the problem
Montreal has a fair number of good players. It just lacks elite players and is poorly proportioned in the distribution of talent.
Price is a top-15 goalie but not top-5.
Subban is a top-30 dman but not top-15.
Plekanec is a op-30 center but not top-15
What we're missing are elite pieces. Kings had Quick, Doughty, Kopitar, and Brown; Boston had Thomas, Chara; Chicago had Toews, Kane, Keith, Hossa; Pittsburgh had Crosby, Malkin, Staal, Gonchar; Detroit had Zetterberg, Datsyuk, Lidstrom; etc.
The habs arguably have as many good players as those teams, we just don't have as many elite players. Price and Subban may yet become such players. I expect Galchenyuk will. We need 1 more, add McKinnon/Jones/Lindholm/etc and we'll be set.
I don't think you can build a chamionship team through balance alone, by putting together a bunch of secondary scoring threats, or having 6 2nd pairing dmen. I think you need elite leaders.
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