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06-14-2011, 09:13 PM
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Think it through. Picard gave way to Wisniewski, who's better than O'Byrne. Now Gauthier has brought in (Y)Emelin, a physical player
who's more talented than O'Byrne
. Lapierre was unhappy in Montréal and Halpern did a better job this season. I'd also have preferred keeping Moore over Lapierre, who took too many penalties.
i'm all for pumping up our prospects, but at this point what have you seen from Emelin that tells you he's more talented then O'byrne? I ask that in all seriousness, because I haven't seen much of Emelin and as much as he has looked pretty good in the few glimpses I have seen, I wouldn't be ready to assert that he could handle 20min/game on a top pairing at the NHL level, at least not yet...
O'byrne, on the flip side, proved quite firmly, that he can be a solid top-4 player and can handle top-pairing minutes/role IF given a chance (which he failed to get in montreal for reasons unknown).
hard to say much about Lapierre... he certainly has shown these playoffs (and last year, with us), that he can be a very effective 3rd line player or a great 4th line player. Perhaps he would have always wanted too much in montreal, but it's pretty remarkable that the guy couldn't get consistent ice time with us but then ends up getting it with the president's trophy winners. What I've seen of Lapierre throughout these playoffs has been more than what Halpern gave us vs Boston...
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