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02-11-2012, 05:59 PM
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Originally Posted by palindrom View Post
The shark gave Rivet more than 25 minutes per game as their #01 defenseman in the playoff. They still managed to trade rivet one year later for 2 x Second round to Buffalo.

Niinimaa never played in the NHL again.

Im not using my own judgment here, im using the historical judgement of actual GM and coach who put a greater value and gave greater NHL role to Rivet than Niinimaa.
I just dont feel qualified enough to contradict them and think Montreal was a greater team with Niinimaa than Rivet.
Don't throw in Niinimaa as a red herring. Wouldn't the Habs still have had Niinimma if they had retained Rivet? Besides, it wasn't Niinimaa who took the critical penalty thst gave the Leafs life. It wasted Ryder's natural hat trick, as I recall.

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