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12-09-2003, 04:11 PM
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Originally Posted by davedave
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.
Hainsey has EARNED his role. He has outplayed Bouillon in every statistical catergory to date, and did so on the day he was sent down. As much as you can state Bouillon does these little things... It's the coaches job to explain what he wants out of his defenders. Hainsey, a prospect should be taught at the highest level he is competent to play in. You may say statistics may not mean a thing... But however, I must say that When some one is better in every catergory, then there is an obvious point that comes to mind... He's better. Hainsey playing 'tentative' defence may simply be that, or it may be in the viewing of him. For example, Mats Sundin looks slow on the television or on the ice... However, NHL defencemen say he's deceptive in that he comes flying much faster than anticipated. Jus like some 'lazy' skaters like Dagenais... creates a 'label' on them that they are lazy... It's simply not true.
As others will state, if Hainsey is not given the oppurtunity to fix his mistakes at this level, how do we expect him to achieve what we all want from him? By sending him down to the AHL to play with the second tier of players in North America? It's the wrong move. Guys being thrown in to the fire make-or-break it in the NHL, but a 21 year old who is showing that he is good enough to play defence in the NHL, on our club (when the spot is not suitably filled) should be given the oppurtunity to do so.
Bouillon may have some fire in his belly at times, but I have seen him cost points as well... Due to lack of size, real NHL intelligence, etc. He has not added enough to warrant his position over Hainseys at this point.

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