He didn't play 41 consecutive games though. He bounced up and down all year. I thought he looked awful in his first couple of stints, but near the end of last season he looked quite good on the 4th line, good enough imo to have at least warranted a look in a more involved position. However, he did get passed on the depth chart, so I'm not gonna complain that he didn't get his chance. I hope he does well in Colorado.
Ironically, Palushaj kind of ended up in the same boat as D'agostini in the end (expect the former didn't get traded). Both just weren't good enough to keep a spot in the lineup and had to pass through waivers to be sent down. The case of D'agostini we opted for a trade (which I don't think would have been possible with Palushaj, never showed as much as D'agostini did, but let's face D'agostini wasn't jaw dropping good).
I just hope that if Palushaj does well we don't whine that Bergevin let an asset go for nothing with taking into account the context of Palushaj's movement.
Do you know what the alternative was?
Sending Gallagher down OR waiving Weber.
Bergevin took the right decision, regardless of what happens with Palushaj, if he can get more than a 6th rounder for Weber.
Habs fans love to eat their young then question why they worked out elsewhere.
We've seen it already with Leblanc and I said it last year, Lou needs to learn to play at both ends of the rink. There is an offensive responsibility but not at the cost of being a defensive liability.
For those of you who have never excelled at the pro level, there is alot of pressure and some handle it better than others. Give these kids some time to mature, "learn" the game, and you will be rewarded!