There is a critical game being played today that will lead to one team becoming the World Champion. That will not be this game.
The Habs slipped unceremoniously into last place in the East overnight – which frankly is fine with me since their spot as third-worst in the league necessitates that they not pull any panic trades that will hamper the process of rebuilding (cough – Kaberle trade). It is clear that the team has a few pieces upon which to build. Now the task is set to acquire more from the aging veterans, and UFAs to ensure that next year our stable of prospects and young players is stronger than this one. The addition of a handful of elite prospects to Hamilton’s roster is set for next season – but selling assets like Travis Moen and Andrei Kostitsyn could ensure that a few years from now we’re talking about the strength of Montreal’s youth, instead of the bulk of their veteran contracts.
I’m not one for tanking. Its no guarantee of success, but if you’re going to lose anyway…..
It would be a lot easier to swallow if we could add one of Nail Yakupov (Sarnia), Mikhail Grigorienko (Quebec), Alex Galchenyuk (Sarnia), or Filip Forsberg (Leksands). The first three are stars in the OHL, while Forsberg has been a Revelation in the Swedish league.
So who will you be cheering for today? Not in the hockey game – of course…