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05-24-2011, 11:31 AM
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Originally Posted by swimmer77 View Post
I understand what you are saying about the bolded but still respectfully disagree only because in the prior two years the injuries to the Habs' D have been numerous.

2008 - 2009

Markov (end of season / playoffs)
Brisebois (playoffs)

All of the above were out either for extended periods of time or at inopportune times or a combination thereof.

2009 - 2010

Markov (three different times)
Gill (extended period of time)
O'Byrne (extended period of time)
Bergeron (extended period of time)
Mara (extended period of time)
Hamrlik for a few games

I felt the same as you at times but then the more I thought about O'Byrne being moved the less I liked the move especially given the Habs' weren't exactly overloaded with right handed D. And a comment another player made led me to believe that the Gorges' injury was known at the beginning of the season. And I guess D-men can be traded for as the Habs have certainly proved. I just decided I didn't like the move given the history of the team.
Fair enough, but really, all moving O'Byrne did is force them to get Paul Mara.

I'd take Bournival and the loss of the mid-round pick over the marginal (if at all) upgrade of O'Byrne over Mara this season.

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