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02-26-2013, 08:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Av-merican View Post
I thought the O'Byrne trade was a great one and have defended it every time, even though it was a costly one. It's fine to add one big, slow, physical defenseman when you have a fast, mobile blueline. But then to add more slow, physical defenders with limited or no puck skill (Hejda, O'Brien, Zanon) not only made O'Byrne redundant, it exposed the fact that he has NO puck skill whatsoever.
O'Brien, Hunwick, and Zanon all really stink. O'Byrne does also, but at least he played decent position for a season or so. They're all fringe NHL players. Kevin Porters, but on defense. O'Brien and Hunwick have very little hockey sense. Zanon is mediocre at literally every facet of the game, IMO. And O'Byrne's inability to move either the puck or himself has finally caught up with him. Ugliness.

I don't think Hejda's playing that badly though. He's pretty mobile for a big guy, and moves the puck well also.

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