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Big things poppin'

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
MONTREAL -- Opposing teams considering taking liberties with the Canadiens recently acquired players might want to reconsider since they might just find some sizable Habs defensemen in their path. The recent additions to the Canadiens blue line make it one that rivals the Alouettes’ offensive line.

After signing Hal Gill early in this summer’s free agent season, the Canadiens have added another hefty blue-liner, coming to terms with 212-pound Paul Mara, who adds much needed size to the team’s blue line and augments the team’s physical profile.
With the eight men presently on the roster, a group that also includes Andrei Markov, Jaroslav Spacek, Roman Hamrlik, Josh Gorges, and Ryan O’Byrne the average weight of a Montreal D-man has gone from 207.6 to 213.5 pounds with Weber the featherweight in the bunch at 194 pounds.
The Habs aren’t giving anything away size-wise either. At an average of 6-foot-2, the Canadiens defense corps stand an average of two inches taller than last year’s squad. Adding 6-foot-7 Hal Gill and 6-foot-4 Paul Mara probably has a lot to do with the growth spurt.
The Canadiens’ rearguards are just about at the top of the heap in the Northeast Division, weighing an average of only 0.2 pounds less than the Bruins blue-liners do, with the towering Zdeno Chara tipping the scale in Boston’s favor. A three-way tie brings parity to the size sweepstakes with Jacques Martin’s d-men, Boston’s and Ottawa’s all averaging 6-foot-2.

Vincent Cauchy is a writer for Translated by Mike Wyman

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