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03-08-2012, 01:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Issacar View Post
Agreed, Gauthier's mistake was not to sign Markov. His mistake was to not have a backup plan. I would have re-signed Markov, Hamrlik and Wisneski. Like that it would have had offered us the depth to compensate for Markov while he is out (turns out it was over 80% of the season) and we would have had assets to trade away once he get back (Wisnieski would have pulled in at least the 2nd round pick we offered to acquire him).
You can't sign Wiz to a 6-year $33 million contract and then trade him 8 months later for a 2nd round pick. Do you think anyone was willing to take that gross contract off the Blue Jackets last month? Heck no. No one was interested in picking up Hamrlik with another year at $3.5 million left either. Plus, we would have been way over the salary cap under that brilliant plan, so signing Cole wouldn't have happened.

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