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Habs Sign defenceman Jeff Woywitka (1 year/2-way)
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08-15-2011, 10:46 AM
nexus of the crisis
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See i don't get that thinking. When you have Markov, Subban and Gorges who are definitely going to log big minutes, and Gill, Spacek, Weber, and Emelin not too far behind, where are you fitting in a prominent guy? To me, I'd rather give our homegrown guys every opportunity to be that "prominent guy" before going out and buying a new one.
I'd rather get "a new one" for free as a free agent than trade for one. Then if I find I have a surplus, maybe I can even trade him/somebody else for something later on. As opposed to being forced to trade for one later, like the Habs did 3 times last season. I also consider major injuries to be an inevitability. Perhaps that is overly cynical. It's also not my money and I don't pretend to try to save it.
Keeping Hamrlik and the rest of our current D would have been the most ideal solution to me. But like I said, considering the path we've found ourselves on, I'm content with the Woywitka signing. If we end up with a surplus he plays on Hamilton or gets lost on waivers at some point, as opposed to opening up a trade option, but that was never really an important part of the thinking anyway. Just having the depth to overcome injuries/struggles of youth is the key. I don't think a contending team can afford to give *every* opportunity to a young guy. At a certain point, you have to go for the wins.
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