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11-01-2012, 08:45 AM
Talks to Goalposts
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Originally Posted by Carey Price View Post
I'm sure he will be fine in Montreal also if he can get healthy and the team turns around the bad vibes from last year. It wasn't a great spot for a new guy to come into and he was really pressing at the end, missing chances he would usually bury easily.
Bourque was pretty bad for the 1 1/2 seasons in Calgary before he was traded. Don't let his nice 27 goals and 50+ points in 10-11 fool you, he was a liability on the ice beyond his own goal-scoring. He had a notable ability to drag down the offense and defense of everyone he played with such that he ended up being a very well deserved -11 at even strength.

In short, he's been everything A. Kostitsyn's detractors have (falsely) accused him of being. One wonders if this would have gotten more notice if he was Eastern European rather than Western Canadian.

Over the past two seasons, Bourque has been -26 on even strength, largely because when he is on the ice, the only player scoring with any regularity is Rene Bourque. This is while centered by guys with long track records of being good, if not great, on offense in Plekanec and Jokinen. If he's to be an effective player he needs to turn the clock back to 2009-10, not just get over a bad couple months on a new team.

Frankly, I think the ghost of Colby Armstrong has a better chance of being an effective LW for Plekanec than Bourque does.

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