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01-06-2005, 04:25 PM
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Sam I Am
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A lot of Balej-hoo about nothing ?

I saw Balej play several times in Hamilton last year and he really looked good. Way better than Lundmark is capable of showing IMO. At times, it looked as if Balej was toying with the opposition--he was that good.

But Balej has always struck me as an all-or-nothing type of player--as pure skill players often are. The player he reminds me of more than anybody is Russ Courtnall--same physique, same skill-set.--for those old enough to remember. Sure Courtnall had a career in the bigs, but he was always less than the sum of his parts.

This year, seven goals all seaon long. Yikes. If I was a Ranger fan, I'd definitely start to worry...especially when I see Balej's name in the second spot on the NHL depth chart.

(http://tsf.waymoresports.thestar.com...hchart.cgi?NYR)

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