It seems as a fanbase we're at our usual impasse. There are the "just a couple of missing pieces" people, and the blow it up and start over people. I have a couple of questions:
What exactly is a "retool"? Is it merely trading expiring contracts to acquire a couple of extra draft picks and hoping that having more picks increases the odds of someone developing? Move prospects in to those spots as they become available. It seems like that is what the Habs definition is, which would explain Molson's "8 year" comment. Whatever a retool is, the Canadiens don't seem good at it so far. Which leads to...
How often does a full blown rebuild happen, and how successful is it? What are the odds that gutting this current team and "starting over" results in a contending team? Do people REALLY think trading Weber, Price, Petry, etc will lead to a plethora of 1st round picks and prospects that would turn things around within 2-3 years? It doesn't seem teams are capable of absorbing those types of salaries with minimal salary coming back. I'd like to know logistically how this would work WITHOUT retaining a crap ton of salary.
What is the root problem of the Canadiens lack of high end NHL talent/prospects? Is it that Timmins is now in his 17th year with the Habs? Was it Lefebvre? Is it time for a turnover in the amateur scouting area? Other than a home run 2007, let's look at an average count of NHL games starting in 2008 (going from 08-15 gives age ranges of 22-29 YO)
2008 - Number of Picks - 5 Total NHL games played - 0 (No first rounder)
2009 - Number of Picks - 8 Total NHL games played - 141 Most games/player Dumont -90 (1st rounder Leblanc, picked 18)
2010 - Number of Picks - 5 Total NHL games played - 588 Most games/player Gallagher -528 (1st rounder Tinordi, picked 22)
2011 - Number of Picks - 7 Total NHL games played - 366 Most games/player Beaulieu -353 (1st rounder Beaulieu, picked 17)
2012 - Number of Picks - 7 Total NHL games played - 643 Most games/player Galchenyuk - 524 (1st rounder Galchenyuk, picked 3)
2013 - Number of Picks - 8 Total NHL games played - 769 Most games/player Lehkonen - 265 (1st rounder McCarron, picked 25)
2014 - Number of Picks - 6 Total NHL games played - 58 Most games/player Scherbak - 37 (1st rounder Scherbak, picked 26)
2015 - Number of Picks - 5 Total NHL games played - 48 Most games/player Juulsen - 44 (1st rounder Juulsen, picked 26)
For those core years, the Habs have yielded two "core" players, and a solid player in Lehkonen. A lucky 5th rounder in Gallagher and a bad 3rd overall in Chucky that has turned into Domi. Four of those predate Bergevin. A total of TWO first round picks in 8 years are current NHLers (including Beaulieu). It's too early (for me) to rate the last three drafts, but basically, we haven't had a "good" year that has produced more than one regular NHLer in 13 years. I don't have any faith in our amateur scouting/development department that hasn't been any good in that long.