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02-04-2013, 10:24 PM
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Originally Posted by disturbedraven View Post
Is there a chance an 8th seed that wasn't as stacked as L.A can with the cup? yes
No one is denying that you always have a chance
The difference is there are years you just play to make the playoffs, and years where you actually push to make it to the finals. Big difference.

If we make the playoffs, even as a top 3 seed, do you see MB mortgaging the farm and trading away youth for a vet for a playoff run? All signs thus far have shown he won't do that just yet, like AA for the Blue Jays last season. But there are at least half a dozen of GM's that will
The thing is not every rebuild has to be done the same way, or the same way for the entire time it takes to complete the rebuild.

The Habs are already either partly rebuilt or mostly rebuilt, depending on how high Subban and Galchenyuk can go. We have FOUR great young pieces when you include Price and Pacioretty.

Once you have four young studs like that in addition to further good young and youngish elements in Gallagher, Emelin, Eller, Diaz and White, then the 28-35 year old vets take on a different value. Now the Markov, Gorges, Plekanec, Gorges, Prust and Moen types become the glue of the team.

Of course the GM might still pull the trigger on a trade of an impending UFA like Bouillon, Armstrong or Budaj, but only if he thought they were not critical to success this year or that he did not want them back next year, which he identified as our year to make the Cup run.

Or he could entertain an offer for a guy like Bourque, if he went back to inconsistent efforts, and if he got something in return that he needed more.

But the glue vets are not likely to be moved at this point in our rebuild. In my opinion, of course.

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