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10-08-2003, 12:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Jag68Vlady27
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?
The kids are not going to get any better only playing 4 minutes a night. Send them down where they get 20-25 minutes and power play time. Give them some time. Obviously none of these guys need to clear waivers to move back and forth so there is no risk to shuttling them in and out as the season goes by. Even some of the veterans have some value and losing them to waivers for NO return doesn't help us either.

As for Brisebois; what do you propose Gainey do? Trade him? He has a no trade clause. Besides which, who would want him at that price? Buy him out? With all the labour stuff coming why spend extra money to buy out a player who still has value to the team; and again, get nothing for him? So Gainey does the smart thing, support him, tell him he's important, build him up a bit and hope he finally performs to expectations. Then revisit the situation when contenders get injured defensemen, or the deadline makes GMs loopy.

In the meantime, pairing him with Hainsey is a really stupid idea.

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