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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.

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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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