Should have kept Pouliot instead of Kostitsyn
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10-08-2011, 06:58 PM
Join Date: Sep 2004
Originally Posted by
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Boucher isn't some wizard, he's not going to stop Pouliot from being a terrible hockey player.
Boucher couldn't even get much out of Gagne.
I really wanted to like Pouliot, but not having him is addition by subtraction.
what are you talking about?
how much of the lighting did you watch last year?
Gagne battle injury problems most of the year, but by the end of the season he was playing great hockey, and was instrumental in their playoff run to the 7th game of the eastern conference finals.
He had 3g 4a, -15 in 20 games (.35ppg) from October-December...
From January to the playoffs, as his health improved, he put up 14g, 19a +3 in 43 games (.76ppg)
and then 5g, 7a, 12pts +6 in 15 games (.80ppg) in the playoffs
his career ppg is .77, so I'd say, at least statistically speaking, Boucher got about as much out of Gagne as could be expected, perhaps more given his recent injury problems.
A great coach is exactly that... a wizard... they wave their magic wand and where once there was a throw away, KAZAM... there is now a useful NHLer finally living up to his potential (see Purcell, Ted... Bergenheim, Sean)
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