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10-08-2011, 09:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Talks to Goalposts View Post
Richards fixed one of their biggest holes, powerplay quarterback since they didn't have a defensman that could do it.
Sure, but there were defensemen on the market who could fill that hole AND provide their defense with a boost. Erhoff, say. He's no great shakes at evens but he's a darn sight better than most of what they have. They could also have pursued Wisnievsky. They got overpaid, but that's never exactly stopped Sather before.

Originally Posted by Talks to Goalposts View Post
Point is fair though, they were counting on McDonagh to be their 4th going into the season despite never playing a full year in the NHL and their 3rd pairing was weak. With Staal out they don't have a shutdown unit any more and McDonagh is forced to 3rd on the depth chart. They had a decent run with those guys in the second half of last season so I guess they felt safe to run with them but they forgot the cardinal rule of defensive depth: Someone is always hurt.
Looks like he's second, actually. Puts Montreal's purportedly weak, shallow and question-mark filled in perspective.

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