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12-04-2003, 06:00 PM
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The removal of the "A" on his jersey at the begining of the year combined with his diminished role, intense training during summer, Gainey's comment that led to the silencing of the boo-birds, and why not maybe his new hair cut too, helped him gain the confidence he needed to succeed, keep his play simple and do ONLY what he excels at doing while leaving what he can't do to others.

Brisebois' not a leader IMO and that "A" might have been an unwanted pressure keeping him from only concentrating on his game. It might be overlooked as a rather insignificant thing but that "A" means you take on somewhat of an increase in leadership responsability which doesn't cope well with Brisebois' personality.

CJ had the intelligence to use him only at what he does best while letting him regain his confidence. Now he's playing alot and looking like a legit top-4 Dman.

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