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by The Upper Canadien on 08/13/11 at 04:07 PM ET
A simple comment on a beautiful, sunny Saturday afternoon: Scott Hannan for a million bucks is a good deal. One that Habs GM Pierre Gauthier should have been in on.
Depth on defence is a must for any playoff team, and while the Habs have quite a few defencemen, many of them are young and unproven. Would taking a million of the unused cap room and putting it towards Hannan really have been such a bad idea?
Good on the Flames, bad on the Habs. They let Brent Sopel go, a hardworking, gritty rearguard, and you can never have too many of those. Scott Hannan is cut from the same cloth, and at a million bucks in today’s NHL, that cloth ain’t cashmere. It’s cotton. Or denim. Cheap as can be.
The perfect sixth defenceman was there, and Gauthier let him get away. Were the Habs ever even in on him? Who knows. Probably not. I want to believe the Canadiens have another plan, another UFA or trade lined up, but who’s kidding who? They rarely, if ever, do.
Regardless, well done Jay Feaster. It seems in today’s NHL, deals are harder and harder to come by. The Calgary Flames just got a really good one.
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