The Official Ex-Habs Thread Part IV (All Former Habs Players Discussed Here!)
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07-23-2012, 12:52 PM
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He was a playmaking center whose most consistent 'good' line was having Ryder and Higgins on his wings. Speaks volumes. Nobody is saying he was a superstar. Habs had much bigger problems than koivu at almost every other position for a long time, so heaping the blame on Koivu because he was the best we had, that's just retarded.
I think it's management's fault really. How do you put him in a position he isn't suited for? I mean, if we're expecting a legacy out of plekanec, again we'll be disappointed. The reality is, he is also a 1B or 2A and if we hadn't drafted galchenyuk and had no plans to upgrade, it would be another era of being average. At the time, as good as koivu was, injuries caught up to him and his small stature in old NHL wasn't easy. They had to support him better but didn't. I'd even go as far as admitting they should've made him part of the supporting cast and got a legit #1. Not a shot at koivu but hard to maintain that type of fearless style at his size against top matchups.
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