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07-19-2013, 01:39 PM
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Halifax, NS
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Yes I am very excited that Lazarev is committing but our first overal pick not reporting is a huge slap in the face
Hard to call it a "Slap in the face." It's a tough situation because on one hand:
You have a kid from Quebec who wants to play in the Q, BUT the big breaking point for him is he wants to go to a french school in Quebec. And its hard to blame the kid for having his education as a priority. Plus it was a classy gesture from him to show up to the draft and dawn the jersey. There are plenty of kids who would not have even done that.
Other side of the coin is:
You have an organization that just had one of its worst years in history, and a couple huge blows.... players wanting out, mismanagement of assets, and they're in a situation now where not only do they have to re-build the roster, but they have to re-build the reputation.
Nicolas Roy was a gamble, but he was the best player available, and by picking him they're standing their ground owning the first overall pick. Him reporting would be huge for the teams reputation, and the on-ice product overall... Him not reporting does hurt tho. But that was the gamble they chose to take.
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