Habs to Offer Hamrlik a Contract? (Yyyyikes!) (UPD: Offered 1-yr contract post #683)
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06-22-2011, 06:06 PM
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Hamrlik is a GOOD player. Spacek is a GOOD player. Gill is a GOOD player.
All season long, those three played a GOOD defense. But.....in the NHL, if you do not have GREAT players, you fall short of the ultimate goal.
Good is the enemy of greatness.
Hamrlik is at his peak. Because of his age, he is playing as well as he can. He is beyond having a breakout superstar season. And he is playing a GOOD game.
On the other hand, Subban has not reached his potential. Neither has Wiz. There is tremendous upside to both of them. They are capable of elevating their game from GOOD to GREAT. And with that and if we also got rid of the GOOD players, Montreal could once again go from being a GOOD team to a GREAT team.
So, Hamrlik is not a bad DMan. He is actually a good DMan. Good enough to get us into the playoffs and lose in the first round.
And a good d-man behind a great d-man (Markov) on the 2nd pairing wouldn't be a bad thing. Especially if you can pair that good d-man with a good d-man with potential for greatness in Subban and add another really good d-man via free agency to play with Markov (all possible while keeping Hamrlik).
Hamrlik isn't a hindrance to a team that wants to win a championship. He is a more than capable second pairing defenseman. Just look at Boston's championship D and tell me a guy like Hamrlik couldn't play 2nd pairing minutes on a contender.
But like I said, that only works if you move Spacek. Keeping both of them and signing another FA defenseman doesn't make much sense to me.
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