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Montreal signs Francis Bouillon [1 year, $1.5M]
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07-01-2012, 03:44 PM
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Prust is a fighter
No he's going to get inflated minutes because he's Therrien's brown-nosing little pupil. Just like Carbo overplayed Kosto, and Martin overplayed Darche and Pyatt, we'll have to see Bouillon on the ice all the ****ing time. What happened to Diaz and Kaberle?
On second thought, maybe it'll just be insurance in case Markov goes down. I hope he's just a depth d-man, but at the moment it seems unlikely.
Martin did not overplay Pyatt. He played Pyatt to his strengths. The minute he stopped playing Pyatt, the team's won-lost record has never been the same.
In 2009-2010, Pyatt played 14 minutes per game in the playoffs and was our 8th forward in points. Every commentator gave him a lot of credit in being a key part of the supporting cast that killed penalties and checked the Ovechkin and Semin, Crosby and Malkin lines into the ground. Pyatt was able to sub in for Pouliot and Cammalleri and Kostitsyn when a key defensive mission was required and he delivered, big time. Just like he did for Team Canada Junior TWICE.
In 2010-11, the Habs were way over .500 when Pyatt played, quite a bit under .500 when Martin listened to the fans who wanted Pyatt out.
In 2011-12, Pyatt, who supposedly represented zero offense in the minds of our "knowledgeable fans" went to score more points for Tampa than all but our top 6 forwards and their top 6 forwards, while the Habs blew third period lead after third period lead and finished way under .500 again.
Now maybe one could say that Pyatt was not the only reason we won, nor his removal that we lost, but at THE VERY LEAST, no one can say he was hurting the team!!! Engqvist, Palushaj, Geoffrion, Darche, Nokelainen, Weber - none of these clowns were better. Meanwhile Cammalleri and Kostitsyn, even Desharnais at times, got exposed having to play in hold-the-lead situations.
Team players who make few mistakes and who, without taking penalties, grind out wins in tough situations are important.
Now, I don't know if Bouillon will fill that bill, but if he DOES fill it like Pyatt did, we will be successful.
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