kinot-1 Posted August 5, 2016 Report Share Posted August 5, 2016 Because the question of having Francophone GMs, coaches, and players on the Habs, has come up in different threads, I felt that this might be a thread where any and all discussions on the topic could be talked about. Ya know,,, back in the day when there were only 6 teams, NHL teams were hobbled by their (IMO) budgets, and therefore could not afford to send their scouts to Europe, or Russia, or anywhere else (or felt they were "lesser" leagues). Teams (from Chicago eastward) generally just sent 1-2 scouts to check out the Canadian Junior Hockey Leagues and that was about it. They didn't check out the college leagues, European hockey leagues, Russian leagues (although, Russia probably would not have let their players go), or any other leagues. Therefore, the Habs, of course, were bound to pick the best players in the QMJL (priority), the OHL, or the WHL. Now, however, teams now have a plethora of scouts everywhere, to find a hidden gem. Other teams could not care less where their players grew up or the language they speak, they are picking/finding the best people available to help their teams. Those who believe that the French speaking player should have a better shot of making the Habs, because of his first language, is living in the past, skill should be the priority, among other things not related to language. The Habs however, have tried to stick with this outdated philosophy at the detriment to winning. They have been appeasing certain sectors of the media and fans, instead of focusing on the ultimate prize. Fans don't care how their team got there, who is on the team, who is the coach,,, just that the team won the cup or in the hunt. IMO, "some" Francophone players are given too much time to develop and too much ice-time, while players of other languages are not given the same treatment. MT, since he was hired, has had his favorites and his whipping boys, and we all know who these players are/were. If you want the best team available, you have to choose the best people, from management on down, regardless of other factors. The only language spoken in the dressing room is English, regardless of which team you play for. "If" Quebec City gets a team and follows this same language first philosophy, they will be doomed to the same fate as the Habs. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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