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07-27-2012, 12:02 PM
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Originally Posted by DAChampion View Post
Eller is a good player, I like him.

Robert Lang was a good player. What you're doing is reducing his contribution to zero, but that's only because of his injury. Robert Lang was beast in 2008-09, 39 points in 50 games, which is the worst season that I can recall as a Habs for injuries. We were a legitimate Stanley Cup contender at the start of 2008-09, and strengthening that by giving up Grabovski was a good move.

Pateryn has bottom pairing potential.
Why would Chicago send Lang for a 2nd rounder? A Chicago who ended up losing in the 3rd round and 104 regular season points despite the "loss". Despite a good season till the injury, we can totally see that Lang was going towards the end of his career. And at the time of the trade, the bet that Lang was a definite piece to go for the Cup was a stretch. But he did good. Yet, the end-result is that, again, we've patched a hole for 1 season by giving a guy that will end up playing 10. And 10 good seasons. We did acquire a 38-year old guy at the time right? And the point is not even that. We didn't give Grabs the icetime he deserved to show what he could do. We clearly mismanaged a lot of players without giving them enough time to justify themselves. Isn't it clear enough that when you have the best head scout in the business with the best record out of 30 teams and the only good thing you can say is that we do make the playoffs quite often....yet, how many years were we real contender? Management screwed up Timmins work. Plain and simple.

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