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10-08-2003, 11:04 AM
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Montreal, QC
It doesn't make any sense for Mike Komisarek to begin the season as a healthy scratch. I understand that he didn't have as good a training camp as the team brass would have liked but I was hoping the "new regime" was going to go out of their way to make room for the youth. By sitting Komisarek out to start the season, even though he's clearly one of the top four blueliners on the team and only going to get better, they're sending a bad message. In fact, it's the same message that has been told by the two previous regimes: "Rebuilding isn't an option."
Higgins sitting out Game 1. Komisarek sitting out. Ryder playing on the fourth line. Plekanec being sent down. These are not good signs. Sure, Traverse, Dykhuis, Czerkawski and McKay are all gone. Petrov and Gilmour got things started late last year. But what does it say when all those changes are made and the likes of Komisarek still can't get in the lineup? Is it because this team is too deep? Is this the Colorado Avalanche?
Like it or not, Bob Gainey has to move Brisebois out. He's already taken too long. Mike Komisarek shouldn't be on the sidelines...he's the future of the Habs blueline. If the kids are in the pressbox now, when will they be given a chance to play?
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