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06-27-2008, 01:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Mike8 View Post
I'd say Montreal didn't have sufficient offense to put the team over the top to win.

And the team didn't have sufficient defense to shut down a rather unimpressive, albeit deep, group of Philly forwards.

And the team didn't have the goaltending that made the game-changing stops.

I don't think grit enters the equation. Montreal's not a gritty team. It won't be a gritty team if Holik is signed. And signing Holik because he's a better option than Smolinski isn't a justifiable reason to throw money at Holik--especially given that Chipchura can and ought to be taking Smolinski's spot anyhow.
Holik has won a cup and was instrumental for his team in the playoffs, that counts for something to me. I like Chip, but we've got to consider ourselves contenders at this point in time.

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