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09-05-2013, 12:47 PM
The Seldom Seen Kid
Join Date: Mar 2004
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The thing here is that khabibulin was coming off a trip to the WCF. Sure tambo overpaid and gave him too many years, but the fact is that he was still a starter on a very good team.
Khabby was not a legitimate starter when he arrived in Edmonton because of the injury history. He had proven that he could not be relied upon to start enough games and play at a high level due to the high mileage on his body.
Many posters on this board (including myself) said as much when he was signed. Khabby was done as a starter during his first go around with the Hawks.
Looking past all that history and pointing to a Stanley Cup from 2003 is not based on present reality. Although Lowe does like to look back at the distant past as justification for his decisions so I guess the lack of due diligence should surprise anyone.
Little wonder this team is still a question mark after almost 5 years of rebuilding.
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