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10-02-2010, 10:34 PM
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Seth Lake
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Sulzer plays a safer, more simple game than Johnson. Why is that? Because Johnson plays more physical, is faster, and has more confidence having several years of NHL hockey under his belt. With that being said though, Johnson gets caught sometimes trying to make things happen rather than allowing the game to come to him and dictate the situation...

Sulzer has shown the ability to provide offense at the AHL level, but has not yet done so in his limited minutes at the NHL level. To stick and continue to grow, he must gain that confidence in his overall game to earn himself a role in the top six and possibly work his way into the plans for next season and beyond whether it is here or elsewhere...

After saying all that though, I think it came down to a combination of Johnson being exempt from recall waivers and the ~$400k saved by paying Johnson only $105k in the AHL (if he clears, which I'm not sure about) whereas Sulzer makes $675k regardless of where he plays this year...

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