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12-24-2003, 03:19 PM
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Originally Posted by davedave
You might have a point, in that Bulis saved his career by playing with Juneau and Dackell, and so learned how to play defence without the burden of being expected to score regularly.

But there are important differences. Bulis was a more polished player at the time, with no question of him being sent down to the minors. It was only a question of him finding a role that he could adapt to.

It was also a question of timing. The Habs are a much deeper team today than they were then. Hossa hasn't earned his a regular position with the Habs, and he might have even fallen behind Higgins, Plekanec, and Balej in terms of next call-ups. Add Gratton, Ward, and Begin, and there is very little room for Hossa, even on the 3rd line.

Hossa's future, I suspect, lies with another team. His greatest value to the Habs might be his potential trade value.
Hossa + ? to Minny for Mikko Koivu.

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