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10-04-2013, 02:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Moose Coleman View Post
He signed Gazdic because SMac got hurt.
We don't know that. MacT said that Nelson had brought up Gazdic as a player to watch as early as the summer, way before MacIntyre was ever claimed. They could've claimed Gazdic simply because they liked him as a player and not explicitly as a replacement.

Regardless though, early returns show Gazdic as another good move MacTavish has made since taking over. Obviously the Joensuu and Belov signings look good so far (and point reassuringly to an ability to identify talent in Europe). Ference adds some much needed stability to the backend. Larsen adds some solid depth that could legitimately play on the bottom pairing and might turn out to be more than that. Perron looks like he's finally found home, and I actually liked Acton's game much more than I was expecting to against Winnipeg. Even the potential flops like Jones and Grebeshkov provide solid depth and are only on one-year contracts. I'm very much liking what MacTavish has done so far.

Hall - Gagner - Yakupov
Perron - Nugent Hopkins - Eberle
Joensuu - Gordon - Hemsky
Gazdic - Acton - Brown

Ference - J. Schultz
Smid - Petry
N. Schultz - Belov

Extras: Smyth, Jones, Eager, Larsen, Potter, Grebeshkov

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