Things didn’t go all that well for Paul Mara in a Montreal Canadiens uniform. But it’s not his fault that he was hurt for the last half of the season and the jersey never came on again.
Now he’s cut adrift and it’s too bad because Mara, a seasoned pro with perfect size (6’4, 210) would have helped Montreal so much in the playoffs last season. Maybe more than we know. With a big, experienced 13-year veteran throwing the Scott Hartnell’s of the world out of the crease, Montreal may have had less trouble with the Flyers and catapulted themselves into the twilight zone.
Paul Mara might still be a Habs defenceman today if he really had a chance to prove how important he was in the post-season, especially after Andrei Markov was gone, but a shoulder injury and surgery kept him in street clothes, and it’s all a bunch of “what if’s” now.
Why isn’t this guy still a Habs defenceman? Did he not heal properly? He made $1,675,000. last year with the Canadiens and maybe if he didn’t expect much of a raise, he could have been squeezed in. A large and experienced defenceman is a good thing, a great thing.