Are we missing the presence of Hamrlik...
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06-12-2012, 10:30 PM
Et le But
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Put a stopwatch on Hamrlik and tell me if you still want him (it would be the second year of his 2-year contract had Guthier agreed withhis terms). The youngsters would look at Hamrlik and wonder why he was on the team. I'd say Kaberle is more mobile at this stage and whilehe's no great shakes defensively he's capable of contributing more points than Hamrlik. I'm afraid you're overrating the value of Hamrlik's mentoring. I'd prefer it to come from a new assistant coach (ideally, Robinson).
Hamrlik is less than he was a few years ago, and I don't think we would have been a good team without Hamrlik back. But we needed a well rounded defender who could play in all situations last year, and could have been trusted with big minutes.
I think the Habs would have been better off giving Hammer a two year deal than Gill a one (everything you say about Hamrlik applies to Gill too, plus he's worse at everything except penalty kills).
Though an even better option would have been to find a Hamrlik replacement.
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