Re: How many games will Chara get?
posted at 3/9/2011 3:31 PM EST
In Response to Re: How many games will Chara get?
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: How many games will Chara get? : Twist it anyway you want.The fact remains regardless of the impact(or lack thereof)that those players had on your franchise.I guess since you don't agree then it never happenned.I was specifically talking about the late 60's drafts after which you went off on a tangent which ended up proving my point regardless of you not appreciating Tardif and Houle.I quoted from your info that "they could take any 2 players from the province of Quebec in a special draft".What am I confusing here?Don't act like I'm stupid because I don't "get"your logic.
Posted by dezaruchi[/QUOTE]
Twist it? They were your words, quoted verbatim. No twisting there.
The first regional draft (until 1947) wasn't special treatment, as shown.
The second (1960s) draft was actually an IMPROVEMENT to the system that allowed the Habs to essentially run roughshod over the other 5 members of the league between 1947-1963. Look at the years 1951-1960 and see who was in the Cup finals EVERY year. The Habs were, and they won 6 of those 10 in a row. The system in place after 1947 allowed Montreal (by that time on solid financial footing, like most other franchises in the postwar economy) to dominate the signing of just about everyone they wanted. And while the Habs in the early 1960s were in the process of rebuilding, it was clear that the league needed a change to their system. They then went back to the old system and the "regional draft" in order to tighten up what had become a completely one-sided system.
Now you tell me what plan was more advantageous to the Habs in 1963?
a) Keeping the current system that allowed them unprecedented dominance in the 50s, and likely would again?
b) Going back to the older system, allowing a regional draft (exempting C-Form signed players, i.e "the best ones") and tightening up the rules that circumvented the system (buying junior teams and leagues, etc).
Now, while it's true that they could have implemented a draft without the "2 French player" rule, if you were the Habs, and you (under the system used between 47 and 63) were dominating the league, would you not push to continue to have at least a token of the control you currently enjoy--WITHIN the rules? And if you were the league, knowing the Habs owned Quebec (and hoping to somewhat level the playing field), wouldn't you throw them the bone of the old system, knowing it gave them no assistance in any way, shape or form in the past?
Of course you would. And that's what happened in 1963. Let's not use revisionist history or try to look through the lens of hindsight: if anything, NOT making the change would have been more of an advantage than that ludicrous, overblown regional draft. Let's face it, that draft has been fixated on by mostly Bruins and Leafs fans as a handy but erroneous excuse as to why the Habs won so many Cups and they didn't.
If the league wanted to help the Habs, they stick with Option A in 1963, and it's not even debatable. The run of success speaks for itself!