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10-22-2011, 12:01 PM
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Originally Posted by swimmer77 View Post
Nice post..............

Hockey is a business I know. But I'll never understand how a team can turn away a top four d-man when the player actually had experience with the system, was a warrior through all of the injuries, and the team itself had a million question marks on D going into the season. And on top of that you have a player who had been loyal through thick and thin (mostly thin) and truly wanted to stay even in a city where much of the fanbase and a fair portion of the media disliked him for whatever reason.

Many would like to see JM go but I have a tough time firing a coach when the GM failed to have a plan for the big what if that is Andrei Markov. Sure Gauthier signed Woywitka and Campoli but neither is a top four and could do all of things Hamr did. JM during his tenure in Montreal has had a chance to work with the team's best player in how many games while PG has had ample to influence or make the decision concerning the team's D.
In short...

Gauthier blew it (polite word) in not keeping the durable Roman Hamrlik.

There was cap room too...

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