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03-18-2013, 04:42 AM
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Originally Posted by BaseballCoach View Post
A lot of people are taking this approach and I don't get it.

Marc Bergevin, and even Geoff Molson, have said they want to instill a winning culture, restore the tradition of the Montreal Canadiens.

Jean Beliveau slowed down a bit, then eventually retired. Henri Richard, the same. Yvan Cournoyer got hurt more towards the end, but retired a Hab. Bob Gainey too. Serge Savard retired then changed his mind to play for Winnipeg after the Habs moved on.

If the team succeeds in inculcating a winning culture, then I want the captain to stay. SInce we live in a cap world, that means him accepting a lower contract when this one runs out, if that is what it takes to have a proper cap hit. But so long as they are willing to price themselves at or below market, I would like to see Markov and Gionta stay on, year to year, for as long as both sides are happy.
Originally Posted by Kimota View Post
Keeping Markov and Gionta doesn't mean inculcating a winning culture. It just means we keep our vets cause we like them. Richard, Cournoyer, Beliveau and Savard are legends of the game. Of course you keep them.
Well, look at the bolded part. I said "if". So yes, if before Gionta's contract is up, he is the captain of a team that has shown a winning culture, I would want him to be re-signed.

Obviously, if the team fails, the urgency falls off.

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