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04-28-2009, 08:49 PM
Join Date: Jan 2006
IIRC, Gainey asked around to see if anyone would claim waived players in the lockout, was told no, waived Beauchemin, and saw him claimed.
Mind you, he was waived for a reason. He was never supposed to be a top 4 defenseman.
You still have to wonder how much of his effectiveness his team effects. He strikes me as a prime candidate for a guy who will end up being paid far more than he is worth due to quality linemates and reputation.
Still, he eats up minutes and as he has a good slapper and if Montreal retains Kovalev, the Habs can turn him into a PP goal machine. He'd be a great acquistion, so long as it's a value contract.
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