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01-16-2012, 07:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Carey Price View Post
The mistake was not getting a higher end top 4 guy than Campoli, not letting Hamrlik walk. Signing Hamrlik 2 years 7 mil would have been dumb.

Instaed of trading kaberle for a more physical D, trade him for assets at the dealine then sign a physical UFA d-man...Mitchell Gleason Allen etc to go with Emelin and replace Gill.

The ideal mix would be a top 5 of Emelin Subban Gorges Markov and UFA d-man with Diaz and Weber as #6-7 to start next year.
Okay fair enough, but such as who? Who was this mythical top 4 physical D the habs missed out on? These kind of guys don't grow on trees and you make it sound like you know they would have even signed here or that Gauthier didn't try signing one of those guys.

People love to say "the GM made a mistake in not doing this/that" but how the **** do we know if he tried to sign those guys or not? At a certain point you can only overpay so much. If you tell some Gorges equivalent type guy you're going to give him 4/yr and he refuses you don't offer more until they agree.

Some players want to sign in places like Florida or LA cause of the weather and swaying them onto our team would require heavy overpayment. I'm not saying it's an excuse for every failure the guys ever made but we as fans act like we know what went on behind closed doors. For all we know he tried to sign plenty of guys even one of the ones you mentioned and that player had no interest in signing with us.

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