All Habs-related Eklund rumours Part II
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08-19-2010, 01:33 PM
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Not so sure. O'byrne made very few mistakes in the playoffs. I think his lack of chemistry has to do with how nervous he was in losing his spot. I still remember one game where he made a mistake early on and his ass was nailed to the bench for almost the entirety of the game.
I agree. I also think Martin got into this mode where he wanted to go with guys who had confidence at that particular moment in the playoffs, and O'Byrne wasn't one of those guys. I seriously doubt that will carry over into this season though, and I truly believe that O'byrne will get a ton of chances to play bigger minutes. It's in the Habs best interest to boost his minutes while dropping Hamrlik's. That way, when 2011 free agency rolls around, maybe the Habs won't have to focus on re-tooling their defence in a major way. Just like Gorges and i assume Subban, we really need O' Byrne to continue to develop, and i think he will.
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