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02-12-2013, 04:13 PM
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Originally Posted by LePoche69 View Post

Habs gonna have to live and die with Cole. You don't push such veteran aside. He had multiple good seasons in the NHL, and was the best Habs forward last year. That's the type of player you keep playing, hoping he would light things up. Unfortunatly, it could be a bad season, like any player has. If you push such a player aside, you could lose your room and the respect of veterans, and even of future free agents. Bad season happen, live with it.
Ups and downs are normal for guys over 30. Here is Jean Beliveau from ages 31-39.

Season ..GP .G .A .P
1962-63 69 18 49 67
1963-64 68 28 50 78
1964-65 58 20 23 43 **
1965-66 67 29 48 77
1966-67 53 12 26 38 **
1967-68 59 31 37 68
1968-69 69 33 49 82
1969-70 63 19 30 49 **
1970-71 70 25 51 76

It's a good thing the Habs did not give up on Le Gros Bill after 1964-65, or especially 1965-66 at age 34. Three of his final four years were productive.

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