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02-26-2010, 02:18 PM
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Spacek has kept this team afloat alongside Hamrlik in the absence of Markov and, thereafter, the real Markov. I don't understand all the bile directed his way, but maybe he's the type of player who makes the occasional glaring error that sticks in your mind, and fans are notoriously bad at noticing how, after 5-10 games, it's weird how he's been quietly effective all along in general...

...although I bet he'd look better if they played him on his usual side.

He was a fine signing and his play this season has not changed my mind, albeit the Habs have clearly not been able to use him optimally for a variety of reasons. And people who think Subban can step in and replace him immediately with no big drop-off are crazy. He'll get there, but he needs to cut his teeth on softer minutes for a year or two first. Eating first-pairing minutes is not a trivial task.

If the Habs trade him, they will immediately miss him and start looking for someone much like him (and the same applies to Hamrlik).

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