Also, i didn't mention it but there will be action on the UFA. Bob cannot move. In his off season press conference, Pierre Boivin said that it was time the CH get that top Free Agent the fans keep asking for. He did this press conference one day before Bob Gainey press conference. talk about puttin pressure on your GM hun?
And i agree that we need to fill some of our 5 available spots with products from our farm team. But we can't the risk to fill all of our spots with those. Why not? Because injuries happen in the course of the season. If we keep the top 5 players from our farm team on the main club, what will we do when Higgins and Koivu get injured? Bring two more?
Also, as much as Souray could be a liability on defense, we can'T afford not to somewhat replace his of offensive contribution and let's be honest, none of our farm team d-men can fill those shoes.
Also, even though i would love to see our team only buid from within, I think we will need some experience to balance the flow of young guns from the past couple of years. Higgins, Ryder, Latendresse, Lapierre, Epileptic guy, Murray, Grabovski and so many more could benifit from the presence of two or three more experienced players.
Oh and one thing i continue to think about, we may very well sign only two players. Another C to back up Koivu (I would love a good Face-off wizard) and a D. I can easily see Gainey just put Streit as a permanent forward and not sign a Gelinas-type of player. I would love to have a guy of this experience but I can see how this free up space for Coté or Archer… whoever wins his spot.
I agree with most of your evaluations for our future stars. FYI Ducan Milroy was named CHL player of the year in 02 (i think) and i remember watching a CHL game on "The Score" and hearing the commentator say "Don't worry about this guy. He has 20 points in the first 16 games this season
but when he'll find his grove he'll be a force to be reckoned with." 20 pts in 16 games? When he WILL find his grove? Wow.
Sadly enough he wasn't able to shine in the AHL but who knows. Maybe he'll find himself and be a real threat again soon.
And for the rest, I agree that Epileptic and Plecanek played well this year. But it doesn't change the fact that even with those two guys in the lineup, we have 5 spots to fill. I don't think anyone can honestly say that hiring 2 or 3 free agents will slow down the developpement of our players.
But then again, the question remains: Will Bob even interest enough a player to bring him to Montreal?]]>