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02-06-2012, 09:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Watsatheo View Post
Obviously we will never know but you can't say anything for sure. It's fun to just assume that if player A was still on the team we'd be so much better, but it is never as simple as plugging him into the lineup. Desharnais is just an example. It isn't unreasonable to say that Desharnais would not have made the Habs or given nearly as much icetime with Plekanec, Grabovski, Gomez/Koivu, Lapierre, etc etc ahead of him. It isn't unreasonable to say he could have been forced to succeed on a different team...thereby causing another 'we should have kept him' player. Grabovski was given ample icetime on the Leafs similar to what Desharnais is getting this year. This isn't Sergei Kostitsyn or Latendresse who both showed flashes of their ability as NHLers on the team. You have to give the Leafs credit on how they brought him up. A lot of luck/injuries/trades would have had to occur for us to have both Desharnais and Grabovski playing at their current levels. Odds which I wouldn't take.
Grabovski had the third highest point/minutes (with no PP time) after he was recalled from Hamilton on the deadline in 08. He showed potential here, Carbs just thought scratching him for Dandy in Phoenix was a good idea.

The point of my comment wasn't so much that if we had him, we'd be so much better. It's more like we had him, traded him for essentially half a year of Lang, pretty much because the coach didn't like him. It just sucks.

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