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01-19-2013, 11:50 PM
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Originally Posted by DAChampion View Post
False comparison of the D.

The 2010-2011 D had Markov, Subban, Gorges, Hamrlik, Wisniewski;
The 2012-2013 D has Markov, Subban, Gorges;

You can argue that Markov was injured in 2010-2011, but there are injuries every year. It didn't need to be Markov, it could have been Hamrlik or Subban or Gorges. The point is that the 2010-2011 team was so good it could lose a top-4 dmen to injury and still have 4 top-4 dmen. Lose a top-4 dmen to injury from the 2012-2013 team and the team will be really bad.

I started following the Habs seriously, as in posting on boards and thus thinking about the situation in detail as opposed to being spoonfed by RDS, around 2007 or 2008. One thing I noticed is that every summer I saw the same argument, "next year when the Habs have no injures we will be a better team". I bought into it the first time, I was probably one of those people that thought the 2007-08 playoff elimination was due to Streit being injured. But eventually I noticed it was a ****** argument, because the same argument was being made every summer.

Here's the thing: there are injuries every single year. There will be injuries this year. It doesn't need to be Markov, in fact it probably won't be Markov, but either way our roster looks like last-place-worthy once you remove a whole lot of players.
We only had half a season of Gorges and a half season of Wisniewski. But you're right injuries happen and good teams are able to deal with them. We lack the depth to deal with them which is why we usually just make it into the playoffs instead of competing for the division. I just don't see how a lack of depth to deal with injuries is cause for us to go into rebuilding mode.

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