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05-25-2011, 07:00 AM
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That kinda was my point though in my previous point. This team had a history of D injuries in the previous two years. And to start the season Markov was coming back from major knee surgery, Gorges evidently was hobbling on a gimpy knee and they started with three 34 + year old d-men.
But let's suppose Gauthier would have been right and the D would have stayed relatively healthy. Then there may have been the opportunity to make room for O'Byrne on a third pairing and give him a chance to develop. IDK. Just seems the Habs traded a right handed, physical D when they actually could have used him.
At the end of the day it wasn't horrible move. It's just one I didn't quite understand given the injury history and state of the D in general.
I think part of the reason O'byrne was traded is they overrated Picard, he played decent(still made a few glaring mistakes) early on and even had a few hits, then around midseason his play went in the crapper and they had to go out and get 3 new d-men.
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