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02-05-2013, 07:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Av-merican View Post
The Avs valued Bournival very highly, I believe they even traded up in the round to get him, so it was a relatively high price to pay, but IMO it wasn't a mistake. O'Byrne's impact was immediate on a team that was too small and too soft on the blueline, and he and Liles worked extraordinarily well together. The change of scenery did him some good since he had become superfluous in Montreal.

The Avs realized they had to address an immediate need and did so very well. It's just too bad they proceeded to overdo it afterwards and force O'Byrne to pair up with a bunch of defenders who are nearly as bad at moving the puck as he is. Prior to this season he provided much needed physicality and was solid on the PK. The fact that he's struggling is as much on the very poor makeup of the defense overall as it is on him.

Bournival will likely be a very, very solid player in the NHL, but he won't be a star. Decent, not spectacular. We can only hope guys like Nermark, Heard, and/or Condon make us forget about him.
Well alot of the players after a trade have immediate success. But after a while , "normal" always come up to the surface . i'm not arguing that we didnt need a guy like him on the D , just saying that the price was too high for a guy that the Habs would have traded for a bag of pucks , at one point. ROB was a scapegoat in Montreal and when they traded him , Thier fans couldnt believe the players they got in return when they saw the vid of MichaŽl Bournival's combine on Youtube . Add to that the fact that he was a guy from the Q league ( which itself is a point that adds value to a player that we trade to Montreal and all 29 other GMs should be aware of this ) . Bottom line is that we have given too much to acquire this player.

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