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07-01-2011, 01:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Roulin View Post
Not with Kovy, but maybe with Koivu? I don't know, Gainey was in a tough spot. Koivu was getting old, but there weren't (there never are) many top centers available, and the Habs didn't really have any center prospects at the time (Chipchura doesn't count). But, although his play was gradually declining, I don't think Koivu was as responsible for the team's failings as many claim.
I think its telling that in the time period between Gainey's great purge of 2009 and Holmgrem's great purge of 2011 the most significant centermen moved around to different teams are Jokinen, Lombardi and Morrison. Good centers almost never move because it leaves too big a hole in the team giving one up's lineup.

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