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04-11-2008, 10:07 AM
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Originally Posted by Acadmus View Post
Well, since you answered your own question, I'll just toss out - he acquired Murray also (Martin can't be expected to foresee the guy separating his shoulder 7 games in, and the acquisition was a gamble that Murray could both fight and play instead of being a pure enforcer), Johanssen, and Wade Belak. He also signed Murphy, which certainly looked like a brilliant move before Muph's mystery injury sidelined him two months and killed off his offensive game. Who knows, he could even return to form after a summer off. Zednik was an offensive gamble, but he was scoring like a demon in January before his freak injury. Dvorak and McLean seemed less impressive signings, but Dvo's a key PKer for the team and McLean has performed well, though at season's end was in too big a role as a top line wing. But he did manage - was it 4 or 5 points in that one game in March?

Last year Martin was somewhat less active, but remember he had Bertuzzi's huge contract sitting on IR, so the moves he made to subract that and bring in Matthias as a prospect were an attempt to improve the team. Matthias really didn't take off until after the trade, so the Wings didn't think they were giving up much...then Martin also dealt draft picks for Vokoun, a blatant move to improve the current product on the ice.
Martin improved the overall balance of this team. And whether its an excuse or not, we would be a playoff team if it wasnt for the injuries. And if you dont think we could of made up nine points if Olesz, Weiss, Booth, Zednik, McLean, heck, even Stumpel, werent out for extended periods of time, then you are just fooling yourselves. What would you have rather seen Martin done, go out and overpay for guys like Briere or Gomez? Then we would be stuck with a team nine points out of the playoffs. Why, because we would have Gomez or Briere, along with Glass, Larman, Lojak, Meyer, etc., on the bottom lines instead of McLean, Dvo, Zednik, etc. The team would look exactly like we did when all the injuries occured, but without the injuries. And god REALLY help us if we lead the league in man games lost with that lineup.

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