Thread: Balej call up
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01-22-2004, 05:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Habber
I think they have to get him in the top 6 for at least one game this weekend. It's about time Bulis returned to the 3rd line. A finisher like Balej could do some damage with Koivu and Ryder, I think he a least deserves a shot to see what he can do.
I wasn't too hot on the idea of Bulis on line one at first, but I think it would be a mistake to drop him down in favour of Balej right now. Bulis is defensively responsible and gives Koivu and Ryder a lot of latitude. If Balej were there we'd have two rookies on that line, and I think Koivu would be spending a lot of time covering up for them. Balej should be worked up the lines slowly, and only once he has made the adjustment to the NHL. If it happened that we had to replace Dagenais, I wouldn't mind him there, since he couldn't be worse than Dags defensively, but for now I think giving him a taste on line four and PP2 is all we should expect.

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