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12-09-2003, 12:57 PM
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Souffle
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A lot has been said so far, but the fact remains that Bouillon has earned his spot and hasn't done anything to lose it.

He has been the Habs most consistently physical defenceman all year. He'll take a run at any one, even 6'5 Keith Primeau. And, as another poster pointed out, he fights. Most importantly, he is an ornery little ******* in his own zone, especially when someone tries to run Theo or Garon. By playing him, Julien is showing what he expects of his players. If Komisarek wants to play, he has to do more of what he did last night, when he jumped Handzus for poking away at Garon. If he or Hainsey start doing these kinds of things better than Bouillon, then by all means they should play ahead of him. In the meantime, let them learn.

If Bouillon loses his job, it should be because Hainsey plays well enough to deserve it. Nice hair or not, Hainsey is not entitled to a roster spot by fiat. He did look a little lost when he played earlier this year. He was tentative and made poor decisions. Let him learn from Doug Jarvis in Hamilton. Once he learns how to play defence, then he can dazzle us with his offensive skills.

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