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08-05-2006, 12:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Smail View Post
Boston will have 3 rookies in their top 6 on defense. I've seen other teams that will have pretty weak bottom 5-6 dmen. I think we can play the 10-15 games without Bouillon with Cote and Streit as the 6th/7th dman. If there's an injury, we'll just have to use the guys we have and promote someone from the farm for a game or two.
Those rookies are really sophomores with a lot more promise than Streit or Cote. Also, Chara can play about 30 minutes a game, especially over a short stretch. The worry is that if Streit and Bouillon are going to miss the first 10-15 games of the season, then the Habs could be giving away points that will be sorely needed at the end of year tally.

It's not panic time. Maybe both will be ready for the start of the season. But I still think that we'll see a kind of Traverse signing, one primarily intended for Hamilton but that also provides some more depth at the NHL level in a worst case scenario.

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