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01-21-2013, 10:30 PM
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Originally Posted by habsfanatics View Post
Out of our players who aren't part of the long term plans ie, three to four years from now, how many are worth a top pick? Zero. It's not happening. It's sound good in theory, but no one is giving us a lottery pick for our castaways. Players outside of the top 5 are anything but sure things.
I've said the exact same thing. A top-pick is near impossible to trade for. But why not stack the deck with as many high picks as possible, even if they're not top five? Strengthen our pathetic scoring depth, at least. Why not trade some older players to free up cap space to take a legit shot at a star UFA?

Again, the goal is to build our 2016 team, NOT our 2013 team. What do the Habs of 2016 sacrifice by trading players who won't be there anyway? The only formula for winning is superiority, NOT adequacy. Superiority is hard, it's a crapshoot, it takes balls and risk, which is why most teams fail. But we have to try. And the only ways are 1) Loading up on the best picks we can get, or 2) Loading up on as much UFA bribe money. In both cases, something has to be given away.

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