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07-20-2013, 09:52 AM
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Price crapped the bed down the stretch but wasn't bad in the playoffs. Certainly he could've been better though.
One thing that I see a lot with our club is that even if Price makes the first stop, we don't have a group that's great at clearing the rebounds. We're definitely too small up front and everyone knows that. But we really need some help defensively on the back end. I don't know what happened to Gorges last year but man he has to go back to normal. We've really thrown Price to the wolves and while he was great for most of the year, once he turned to crap we don't have a blueline to bail him out. If he plays mediocre this team is in trouble.
As for Price, not worried about him. If he does crap the bed though and plays like he did in the last few weeks of the regular season we're in big trouble because we don't have much behind him. He comes into this season with something to prove. He can't have another meltdown and it's crucial that he gets off to a good start.
Would've been nice for MB to get him some help though.
Okay, nevermind the argument that he hurts our youth. Let's say he's irrelevant on that front.
I still don't see why we needed to get this guy. Molson wants a competitive team? We were good enough as is to make the playoffs. Add in a PF and/or shutdown guy (two things we really needed) and all of a sudden we're in much better shape.
Briere to me was a total window dressing move. Same kind we've seen for years. We go after big game, GM comes up empty and then decides he has to do SOMETHING to show that he doesn't have his thumb up his ass so he gets a Samsonov or something...
I realize that Bobby Ryans (who is big but not really a PF btw) aren't easy to get. I wouldn't blast MB for not being able to get him as several teams I'm sure made pitches. But I look at Ottawa and they've gotten Turris and Ryan. If they can pull off this kind of move why can't we? Both are talented young players with upside. Both are guys that we should've been going after. But we always wind up with the same kind of player: Samsonov, Tanguay, Kaberle, Gomez, Bourque, Gionta, Cole... Guys past their prime, most are small or it's a problem child who they wanted to get rid of.
Anyways, we don't get a PF. Fine. But go get a shutdown blueliner. That is not that hard to get. Instead we get something that we don't need... We get something that makes our biggest weakness worse.
Maybe Tinordi's the guy and he'll be awesome. Maybe Gorges bounces back... But I don't see why we wouldn't add a shutdown guy in that lineup. The blueline looks ugly to me.
As for Briere, maybe he'll bounce back. Maybe he's got something left in the tank. But even if he does, it doesn't really help us in the grand scheme of things. We have no balance up front. We already have another small center who eats up easy minutes, why get this guy? I've cut that trade up to death, no need to do it more here. But that move was a real head scratcher...
And again. I agree with this. I am as frustrated as you are about the lack of long term moves. Ottawa bothers me a lot. Ryan. That pisses me off. Much more than than not signing 32 year old useless UFAs.
I scratch my head as well, but I am not as worried about Briere as you are.
Now: If Bergy does not land an excellent
piece or two in trade next summer,
I will freak the **** out.
It is interesting LG. Habs are transiting from a mediocre to contending team. And Bergy needs to act. None of us are used to this, but I can see that you are adjusting to the idea, as most of us are.
But I still think that Briere is a filler for now. You think we should be acting right now, and you may be correct. I on the other hand am willing to wait one more year, and get a top ten pick in the meanwhile, which I know you would not object to.
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