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07-07-2013, 09:35 AM
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Originally Posted by sandysan View Post
I don't mind the MT signing, the hardball with Pk is gonna cost us longterm and is inexcusable, Ryder for Cole was to shed contract and Cole looked disinterested so good riddance, Halpern is what it is, Drewisky was a depth move but not what we needed but was cheap. Our defense could not clear anyone from the net so we were forced to throw tinordi to the lions in a sink or swim, briere does not address any need on the team, whereas Vinny would have but you can't force a guy to sign. I don't see anyone bashing the parros deal, we needed more grit but that deal stunk of a guy buying gas station flowers for his anniversary. Most people are fine with not chasing the big names but some FA deals were not awful and would have met a team need. We are STILL soft on D.

But the people who defend everything are so completely disingenuous, they base the trade on some imaginary hypothetical that of course works out. The briere deal is OK because we ARE going to get bigger we are going to get harder. It would be nice but how do you know this? At best the briere deal is contingently bad but I'm not criticizing the briere the next deal. If we don't get any tougher by trade the same people who said we can't get bigger or tougher by ufa because all the other GMs are looking for the same will say exactly the same thing, we tried. Then we will ice another completely undersized team and we will get pushed around again.

I'm not a Bellyacher and I'm not a better evaluator of talent than MB, but if the gm says his longterm plan is to get bigger and tougher and None of his deals ( with the exception of parrots which is at best too late) do this and one of the major ways to improve the team WITHOUT having to give up our young talent is wasted on Shrimpy Briere then perhaps, just perhaps blind trust may not be warranted.
Bergevin said that this team would be built through the draft. That is exactly what he is doing and is the only way that this team will get bigger while staying competitive. Big players that play meaningful minutes are extremely difficult to acquire without grossly overpaying as we have witnessed so far with the signing of lunch pail guys like Clarkson and Clowe.

He has done a great job so far and if the drama queens on this site would exercise a little patience they might just be pleasantly surprised.

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