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06-23-2012, 07:53 PM
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Dude, Hejda-O'Byrne might have been the very worst shutdown pair in the league last year.
They started nearly all of their shifts in the defensive zone, and the Avalanche allowed 218 goals, a three way tie for 15th (Dallas and Pittsburgh). Not great, but clearly more reliable than whoever Ottawa used as a shutdown defense pair, given that their 236 goals against ranked them 24th in the NHL.
Bottom line is the Avalanche don't do this trade because it forces them to make a defensive move in free agency.
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