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Imagine trading McDonagh for a #1 centre that didn't work out; then 8 years later trading Sergachev for a #1 center.
Why doesn't Montreal like good defencemen? And why aren't they traded for legitimate #1 centres.
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Though the situations arent exact, I feel the Canadiens are going down the same path as Canucks (after the 2013 playoffs). Canucks needed to be blown up after that loss to the Sharks. Core was aging and their style of play was just not effective anymore. Same as Canadiens now. It cost AV and Gillis their jobs, and for certain will cost Bergevin. (Therien already)
I'd argue the Habs are doing FAR worse actually. Because they had the quality players, Subban was younger and a cheaper long term contract, Sergachev looked great as did the guys they simply let go.
If anything they've done worse by their team than a decade of nil drafting and some questionable trades did ours.
A wee bit early on Sergachev. McDonagh was a bad trade, Weber was a lateral move that long term might really hurt. If it was Weber + a prospect then maybe.
Trades are hard to evaluate except over the long haul.
Can't play the would have thing. Because hindsight is 20/20. Sometimes the short term rationale is what you have to go with, but long term is a factor too. I really don't know what Bergevin is trying to accomplish.