The "Balls or No Balls" thread
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07-21-2013, 11:28 AM
Join Date: Jul 2006
It's actually a rather simple concept: You have to fill the cupboard to allow the team to trade in a position of strength.
Remember when Gauthier and Gainey were trading draft picks for temporary fixes, rental players who would be gone a few months later? Guys like Moore, Lang, Wisniewski, Campoli, Staubitz, Mara, Sopel, Schneider, Halpern (1st time, Bergevin claimed him off waivers - free - the 2nd time)... Those were draft picks given away that the team couldn't get back.
Bergevin, in not having a 5 year plan like the others had and by wanting to build a contender year-in, year-out, understands that drafting and developing players is key. The day that they need to trade for an impact player, they will have the depth in the prospect pool to sacrifice one of them because they have others in the wing.
For example, they can't trade Plekanec today because they don't have anyone ready to take over his production. Galchenyuk will be in a year or two, and perhaps Eller as well but neither is there yet.
Another example is the Habs are getting deeper on defense when it comes to prospects, but most of them are still too young to contribute and make an impact at the NHL level.
Bergevin is adding to the team's depth and is buying time with a few vets until the young guys are ready. Then and only then will his plan start paying dividends as it takes time to get that wheel in motion.
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