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08-18-2011, 04:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Carey Price View Post
Guys like Greene and Schenn were at the top of the NHL hits leaders for d-men, they average only 0.3 hits per game more than O'Byrne(2.68 versus about 3.00) and those guys have 2 fights each last year. Chara averaged 1.89 and was not even 1st on his own team for d-men. OB had only one fight last year but 6 the year before.

I'm not saying he is THE meanest SOB in the NHL but hefits the mold of the big bruising stay at home d-man...people love to knock him on here and I think they don't live in the real world.

The biggest reason he was traded is that JM always leans on the veterans over the youngt players, I think Gainey made a big mistake by signing Spacek, not just because it looks like a bad contract right now and he was not comfortable on the RH side, because it let JM play all veterans and barely play O'byrne. This year by not signing any real established vets he forces JM to give Weber and Yemelin a true shot.
Number of hits doesn't equal to being mean, look at Pronger one of the meanest, toughest guy in the league and he doesn't have alot of hits. Plus O'byrne was kind of soft when it was the time of clearing the front of the net (a very important thing) and if you hit alot, but it's all small hits you're not in the most physical guys. Just compare Komisarek and O'byrne when they were both here.

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