Palushaj sent down (Feb. 6)
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02-06-2012, 11:37 AM
Join Date: Sep 2004
palushaj did more than enough in this call up to DESERVE to stay in the NHL.
Forget that it would be in the best interest of our organization to keep him up, even if it means giving guys like Gomez/Darche some press box time, from a simple "level of play" pov, he was at least as effective as Gomez/Darche.
what's more, I'd strongly argue that from a team impact pov, the energy & intensity he (and leblanc) were playing with was "contagious". it's something that can't be quantified, but definitely something that does happen in a team sport environment.
very hard for veterans to "coast" or be unwinling to "pay the price" when young guys are buzzing around the ice, both from an "example" pov and from a personal pride pov.
I hope that this is a calculated short term decision done with the sole purpose of maximizing the "showcase" time of vets that are on their way out... any other rational for this demotion would be just plain stupid.
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