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  1. Before you exit, though - do you think Québécois fans would tolerate or maybe even be gracious toward an anglo coach who made a genuine effort to learn and use French? E.g., if Cunneyworth and Gauthier had really emphasized a commitment to this and laid out a concrete plan for making it happen, do you think the hostility might have been meaningfully mitigated? I've been suggesting as much, but am curious as to your opinion. Because if this IS an option, it represents one possible way around the whole "affirmative action" trap.

    I love that idea. Check out my favorite Habs. I live here, and cheering for Quebecois players for me is a bonus, not a necessity. I'll get political now. People in my area would, I believe, accept anyone who gives learning a try. That won't work with people like Francois Gagnon, or Ron Fournier. People in other areas of the province, and I'm being as delicate as I can, you Mr. Cucumber can understand, won't accept it. Unless, of course, cups are won. Just remember Celine Dion's husband. He floated the idea about buying into the team, and filling the roster with Quebecois players.
  2. Whoa! You mean internet forum discussions tend to circle back to the same topics over and over??? And that threads sometimes go off-topic?!? Stop the presses!!!!! :rolleyes:

    Actually, I thought the point about coaches being offered intensive French-langauge training in the offseason represented at least a marginal advance on the usual argument. Sorry to bore you.

    You never bore me, and yes, learning French would be a novel idea, I speak it myself. My reaction is more to do with reality. Just look at the coaching staff Bergevin assembled. When I see references to soccer coaches in England, I just laugh. Another person who just doesn't get what goes on in this province. I'm not defending it, just pointing out the obvious. Another favorite is going after francophone coaches or players. Obviously, that limits the pool of qualified people. The sky is blue, and grass is green. Many people here don't care. And neither does the organization. I'll step away from the discussion. Knock yourself out gentlemen. But if some of you have a problem with it, you may have chosen the wrong team to cheer for. It's not about to change.
  3. That's a shame if true. He dealt with a lot of flack early in his career for no good reason.

    Thank you for your thoughtful and constructive comment.

    I'm still waiting for a thoughtful and constructive comment on the issues. We've been beating this topic for years. Stay on topic, it's the Habs vs Canucks thread.
  4. It's a fascinating debate. I don't feel strongly either way. If I take my daughter to a game, I really don't want to see players carted off on a stretcher. Which is probably more likely to happen with fighting. She was troubled by what happened to Lars Eller, and that wasn't even a fight. I'll say this though. I haven't read a single compelling argument to keep fighting anywhere, at any time. This idea that it's part of the game is ridiculous. It all but disappears in the playoffs, when the games are the most important. Does anyone actually miss fighting in the Olympics? That's fantastic hockey. The idea that fighting limits stick work, if that were even true, could be rectified easily. Get the refs to call it. Helmets, visors all introduced for players safety. I wouldn't be surprised if fighting is slowly fazed out of the game.

  5. I think you have defined it pretty close to the truth. Unless for some reason he gets moved, we may never know the answer. i would say this---- There will never be a huge demand for 5'6" mediocre (non-goalie)at any salary.
    I think you both nailed it. Untradeable might be too strong a word, and not much demand, if any. We saw the same thing with Kaberle. Some so called experts said he'd never be traded. Then people bent over backwards with statistics to prove that was wrong, as though they didn't actually watch him play. We all know how that played out. DD certainly has more upside than Kaberle, but does anyone believe other GM's have inquired about him? No way of knowing of course. And the fantasy GM's on this site, would you trade for him? I'd guess not. He's here to stay, not sure why people are troubled by that. He has a wonderful chance to prove people wrong.
  6. Of course taking local guys just for the sake of it doesn't build a winner. just like taking GM's and coaches for the same reason. So much for a younger more balanced team. Rw are Gio, Gally and Briere. That's balance ?

    Ya, you're new around here. That's been debated since the beginning of time. Coaches and GM's are one thing, players are another.
  7. Free Asset, didn’t give up anything. Short term deal.

    He’s not the best fit, I admit that. But, we had 9 million in cap space and a crappy UFA class….. might as well use some of it on stop gaps, instead of long term deals. Essentially he’s Michael Ryder’s replacement on the PP.

    Unused cap space never won a game in the NHL.

    I'd like to thank you for this post. I didn't like the signing at first. I don't find it a panic move. A part of me is concerned it's more about where Briere was born. I was in the Guy Lafleur fan club in the 70's, but taking local guys for the sake of being local is no way to build a winner. But you're right about cap space. I think we should be thankful our favorite team is wealthy, and will always spend to the cap. One other thing, watch Michael McCarron be more productive than Lecavalier in the 4th and 5th years of his crazy deal.
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