So let's get this straight....the team is struggling offensively, but has what is clearly much better team spirit than last year, so let's bring back Sergei K and his life-altering 50 pts in 115 games - and his piss-poor attitude to save the Habs. W-h-a-t a j-o-k-e-!
team spirit was fine and dandy last year until about february... ditto the year before...
winning has a funny way of doing that. As does losing. The team, being as new as it is, is enjoying a little honeymoon know as far as pressure/negative criticism goes.
If this team doesn't right the ship and plays at a sub 500 level into december and january it will be interesting to see if this "much better chemistry" lasts.
Originally Posted by Blind Gardien
But clearly he lacks all perspective... I mean, there are probably hundreds of hockey players in various leagues outside the NHL who are better than 3-4 players on the Habs, or at least could fill our vacant 2nd line spot better, at least in terms of raw production. I agree that Sergei is one of those players. But at the same, that's all part of what it takes to make the NHL... until a player demonstrates the maturity and perspective, the capability of playing outside of one narrowly defined minor-impact niche, then it's entirely fair game that he's not going to be in the NHL. Just like the hundreds of other players who aren't.
The sad thing with Kostitsyn, though, is that he clearly had the potential to round out his game successfully, and the opportunity to do it, but he's just throwing it away. Some guys reach an age or just have physical or personality limitations that rule them out. But Sergei doesn't have much of that going against him, all he needed was a bit of time and perspective, and an NHL career was his. Now he's putting that in jeopardy. Just dumb, really.
you're absolutely right in your assessment imo.
but at some point, you'd think a franchise with a pretty sketchy history of managing it's assets would do a better job of working with the talented head cases it develops (or perhaps play a greater role in their development so as to minimize/stamp out the problems at an early stage).
S.Kost moved to NA and excelled playing for the Hunter's in London... I'd love to hear their take on the kids attitude/ego. Seems to me that it never became an issue until he got to montreal and started working with the habs. Could very well be that he was a "bad apple" waiting to go rotten, but it could also be that he's been head f***ed by the way the franchise has dealt with him.
and again, all this aside, this is pro sports. A franchise needs to properly manage and develop it's assets in order to succeed (at least on the ice, saddly the habs can continue to be a mediocre team and still make out like bandits financially). If S.Kost really is such a head case that there is no salvaging him, the team screwed up by not identifying it sooner and unloading him on some other team...
Originally Posted by habsfan44
What are you talking about ? He wasn't good enough to make the team out of camp(skill and potential are not enough , hard work is required) , refused his assignment to Hamilton then demanded to be traded and now this . How is this mis-management ?
Perhaps I missed it, but I haven't heard or seen anything about S.Kost not having a good work ethic. I understood that the logic of sending him down had to do with a poor attitude, not because he doesn't work hard. He isn't a K/Wellwood, D.Penner or S.Bernier who showed up to camp grossly overweight (notice all of these guys were kept in the NHL despite a clear lack of work ethic... seems like their talent was enough to have some team prefer to keep them involved then waste them in the minors).
It's mismanagement because he is a talented asset, and right now it appears as though he'll end up in the KHL, not giving the team any valuable return. (edit, looks like he's back in hamilton, whatever Gainey promised him, I hope this leads either to a trade, or to the kid getting called up and helping the team win games!)
He may be a jerk, but in the end it's the team that is worse if they lose his talent.
Last edited by Miller Time: 10-21-2009 at 09:09 PM.