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09-18-2006, 08:07 AM
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The team can end up anywhere from 4th to 12th imo. They aren't elite by any means, but a lot of things can happen to a team, good and bad.

It seems Gainey decided to go with 6 solid guys rather than step back, get a name, and fill out the roster with lesser players.

This could be for a few reasons, he couldn't get a guy for what he could afford. The status of our 3 impending ufa's lowers the value of these players making next year the time to sign a big name D.

Bouillon's signing seems to indicate the solid group theory rather than adding a Kubina type player. Of the big names that were out there, I don't see any that had Mtl. on their radar, so maybe they decided to go with what they had and see what develops, in terms of need.

Montreal's better, so's Boston, Toronto's D looks better on paper, let's see how it unfolds. In October, everyone looks better.

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