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04-06-2012, 04:31 PM
Talks to Goalposts
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Originally Posted by Fish on The Sand View Post
The notion that Martin's team could not protect a lead was pure ******** and one that Gauthier used his primary reason for firing him. We were doing perfectly fine under Martin and our record was not indicative of our play. It was not only due for improvement but there were signs that improvement was being made. I maintain we would be in the playoffs with Martin.
Keeping Martin and not gutting the winger depth by trading Cammalleri and Kostitsyn probably would have put them pretty close.

Ironic that Gauthier made his successor's job much easier in some respects by pulling an inadvertent tank job. Replacing the winger depth squandered is a bit of a task though. In full season terms he dumped two 30+ even strength point scorers for a 20 ES scorer. Unless Bourque rebounds hard or they have good offseason Montreal's LW depth is a wasteland after Pacioretty.

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