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11-16-2013, 04:01 PM
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Originally Posted by DAChampion View Post
The most recent cup winners are Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, and Pittsburgh. All of them made major moves prior to winning the cup.

Chicago acquired Hossa;
Los Angeles acquired Penner, Carter, and Richards;
Boston acquired Peverley, Kaberle, Seguin;
Pittsburgh acquired Guerin and Kunitz;

And that's just off memory, there's probably more. The point is, every single recent cup winner, no exceptions, had a pro-active GM. I bet the same applies to the Stanley Cup finalists, which doubles the sample size. A proactive GM is a requirement to a Stanley Cup.

Timmins is a great scout, but you can't win a cup by just giving Timmins 7 draft picks every year and hoping for the best. The good drafting has to be complemented by good signings and good trades. The idea of "building a winner through the draft" is something only ignorant sheep could buy into as a viable strategy in and of itself.
You're right. But it still has to make sense. Big trades are exciting, but they only improve the team when the missing piece can't be found internally. What are the Habs missing pieces? Right now, one or two bigger, quicker defencemen and another 1st or 2nd-line winger. Last season we scored a ton of goals and finished near the top; this season the goals aren't coming and we've sunk to bubble team status.

The D might solve itself with time. The potential of the D in Hamilton -- Tinordi, Bealieu, Nygren and Pateryn -- could be a big improvement over half the Habs' current Dmen. It might not be worth pursuing a Dman from outside when what we need might already be in the organization, a season or two away.

The forward situation is trickier. That's where Bergevin should be looking to fill a hole we can't fill internally. We're down to 1.5 productive lines, maybe two when Pacioretty warms up, but we're not a consistent scoring threat. Our forward lines lack size and finishers and nobody in Hamilton is remotely close to becoming an impact forward in Montreal. Our rookies will improve, but as they do our vets will disappear or diminish. There doesn't appear to be a net gain in offensive production as veteran forwards are phased out and young forwards are phased in. We're missing a real scoring threat, and that's where Bergevin might be looking to trade or buy, because there's no other way to get a player like that.

How much do we pay? Forget scraps and picks -- players like Desharnais might be part of a package, but no team deals a strong forward unless they get someone strong in return. It would require trading away a player we'll hate to lose. You want a big trade? Expect it to hurt.

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