Re: How many games will Chara get?
posted at 3/9/2011 11:21 AM EST
In Response to Re: How many games will Chara get?
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: How many games will Chara get? : What did the NHL gain by allowing the Habs to have the rights to the 2 french players of their choosing before the rest of the league started the draft?The league has a long history of catering to the needs of the Montreal franchise. "The truth is that the number of francophone Quebecers on the team has been in decline since the NHL, in 1969, ended a rule that gave the Habs the choice of picking two homegrown players before any other team could draft them. Recent years have also seen the rise of American and European players in the NHL. (Canadian players once made up 90 percent of the league, now they’re about half.) Quebec players, meanwhile, no longer exclusively dream of lacing skates with the Canadiens — they’re as mercenary about selling their talents to the highest bidder as anyone else." I'm not saying you're wrong Kennedy but it's not outrageous to say the league sometimes seems to give preferential treatment to the Habs.Perhaps the Habs dynasty of the 70's would've never been had the draft rules been fair for everyone involved......
Posted by dezaruchi[/QUOTE]
None of this has anything to do with why the league would make a decision to appease Montreal fans TODAY. Your latest example is what, 40 years old?
And that's assuming your example is accurate. It isn't.
The Habs didn't have "the rights" to the "2 best French players". There was this thing called a C-form that ANY player could sign, and regardless of whether they were French or English. (This is like the one that Bobby Orr signed around age 13 with the Bruins). Signing a C-form made a player exempt from this special draft, and the top prospects were all inked to C-forms by management of all Original 6 teans. In the original days of the special draft (until 1947 when it ended), the Habs drafted 16 guys, and I don't think any played in the NHL. When the draft was brought back in 1963, only 3 ever made the NHL. One was a goalie, the others were Marc Tardif and Rejean Houle. The 70s Habs dynasty didn't rise and fall with them, and the superstars like LaFleur and Dryden were all acquired by picks the Habs GM Sam Pollock acquired in trades with other teams. Heck, Dryden was acquired in a pick that was once Boston's!
What made the Habs successful was the NHL's lack of limits on spending, scouting, or number of players a team can sign to a C-Form. The Habs ate this up, and were much more successful because they had money, scouts in all of hockey's hotbeds, and the ability through their success, reputation and what they represented to French-Canadian culture to get almost any kid in Quebec they wanted to sign a C-form. This wasn't the NHL cowtowing to Montreal; this was the Habs being today's NY Yankees against teams that were more akin to today's Minnesota Twins or Milwaukee Brewers. They had a massive advantage playing within the same rules that everyone else had, and that's why those rules were changed. In other words, the league changed the rules to STOP the Habs from steamrolling the competition, not to assist them in doing it.
Did the Habs have an advantage? Sure...the same way the Sox have an advantage today. Money talks, and success bred success. The "special rules" that have oft been erroneously quoted by Bruins fans to justify why they didn't have the same success just didn't play much of a role. The Habs Dynasty of the 70s was made due to Sam Pollock's wisdom at trading for other team's picls
And it certainly has nothing to do with why the NHL isn't going to make a ruling to appease Montreal fans today. There is no incentive to do so.