OT: Dumbest Move Ever by a GM
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03-04-2013, 01:33 PM
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That's called an overreaction to one bad play. You know, like trading Ribeiro because of some summer golf rumour/incident.
The Langway-Engblom trade wasn't as bad as it seems. It has to be put into context.
Langway didn't want to play in Canada and asked for a trade.
Habs receives a still young Ryan Walter, who was at the time everything you could dream in a hockey player : 40 goals scorer + 120 pim with a nasty streak. Can fight if needed. A fierce competitor who can score, like what is Clarckson right now. The goal was to make him play left wing with Lafleur on Right wing, which could have help Lafleur stay on top few more years and not retire prematurely.
Habs' management couldn't know that Walter would then discover "Jesus" to become a pacifist smooth Religious freak. No joke.
Moreover, Habs received Rick Green who despite his numerous injuries, was a way better stay-at-home d-man than Engblom.
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