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02-06-2013, 06:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Tender Rip View Post
I don't buy this. We have been a cap-team for some years now, and we are currently 10 million below. This has nothing to do with pinching pennies.

I rather think they simply didn't want to lose the 'guarantee' that Lovejoy is due to having played enough games in the NHL to be counted on as a 7th D-man. As Strait probably couldn't return much of anything in a trade prior to getting to the show, Shero would rather gamble on him clearing than take a conditional 5th pick for him or something like that.

Like most here, I think that was a wrong decision, but I do understand the argument if they were that unsure Strait, Borts and (less so) Despres could get the job done.
Given the way Borts and Depregassus have played, maybe they really just thought Strait was the 3rd-best defensive guy, and wanted Lovejoy for the offensive touch they mistakenly think he brings.

Still hate the move, but now I mostly hate it because Bylsma still wants to find ways to get him into the lineup.

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