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02-02-2013, 02:49 PM
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Originally Posted by VanEric View Post
He got a lot out of those Montreal teams that just weren't any good.
They weren't that bad - they had a young Koivu, Corson, Damphousse, Recchi, Rucinsky, Savage when he was still good, Brisebois on the back-end, etc. They didn't really get bad player-wise until his third year, and just like us in 2008-2009, the low talent level caught up to him. He also had solid goaltending in that time with Hackett and Thibault, so that's not an excuse. I was a Montreal fan back then, so I watched a lot of those games.

All this 'ranking' business is difficult because we don't really know what he would do on a mediocre team - just a very talented one or a not very talented one. Or, a team without a decent goalie. Anyways, it's not very useful considering that we have fixable problems on this team right in front of us - that he could be fixing himself.

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