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05-02-2008, 07:32 AM
Blind Gardien
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Originally Posted by Front Office View Post
Watching this series it made me wonder what if Shannahan had chosen MTL instead of the Rangers. He's the perfect guy for a young team like this. He'd be able to add some much needed grit to the top 6 and show the kids what it takes to win.
Watching Shanny the last couple years, I don't think it's fair to think of him as being particularly gritty anymore. He's a wily and respected guy, but I think he's cashed in his chips in terms of physicality or visible grit. In that respect, I don't think you'd necessarily go wrong adding him to your team with something akin to Smolinski-esque expectations on a Smolinski-esque contract. Probably ending up with some Smolinski-esque disappointments along the way too when he starts to show even more visibly how close to finished he is. He'd be good for leadership and veteran class and all that, though, so I wouldn't mind if the Habs signed him this summer.

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