He also talk about how important is the evaluation of the youngster in the organization and give flower to detroit and buffalo for letting walk UFA and promote youngster who were ready instead of..let say.. signing samsonov and shuffle lines half the season.
Brunet is right on target with this column.
For the first time in years, our team is flourishing with quality prospects and the management could use the example of successful teams in the league in that regard.Signing UFA is a risky business these days. Now is the time to take good care of our development system. These are the points that I figure our management should follow if we wanna succeed on a long and regular term.
1-Let go Bonk and Johnson unless they wanna sign cheap.
2-Try hard to sign Markov on a long term deal. Souray if he's not asking for the moon.
3-Open more spots on the team for young and promising prospects.
4-Only sign UFAs if they fill a real need in our team, with a reasonable price tag, and if they show a real desire to play in Montreal.
As the Habs might , trade, dump, buy UFA's, the evaluation starts at the bottom. If the habs see that 2-3 players in Hamilton are good to go and those rookie contracts are cheap it might add to the war chest.
It might not be just replacing the players that will be dumped, in addition to dumps Gainey might TRADE also.
IE: don't sign Sauray, but get 2-3 good d-men, now you have too many so you need to trade some away to make room.
A UFA center yes but what if a non-ufa great center is available in a trade?
I think the message is to build from within, but the issue of top end talent still has to be adressed. Anaheim and SJ are perfect examples of temas developing young talent but having the luxury of doing so with a few top end players.