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06-11-2011, 03:48 PM
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Originally Posted by habitue View Post
Quite normal. the guy was playing 10-14 minutes on a third pairing in MTL (when he was dressed), and suddenly he was playing 20-25 minutes a game on the top pairing in Colorado. As you have probably noticed, Colorado had a huge slump in the second half, especially after the Stewart, Shattenkirk deal to St-Louis. (dumb move). They had numerous injuries on D, and O'Byrne played way too much for his skills set.
I don't think the slump was due to O'Byrne, he was solid based on stats (not many points, but good +/- relative to the team) and according to game reports he was playing solid hockey.

Of course once Colorado traded a good goalie for a bad one the team tanked.

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