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September 30, 2005

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Just a couple of points. Hossa's a Slovak, not a Czech.

Second, a lot of Habs fans are ready to throw themselves off a bridge over giving up Hossa the Younger. He has looked good in training camp this year, but Latendresse has clearly drawn raves and Gainey needed to free up room for him.

Those same Habs fans thought giving up Balej as part of the Kovalev acquisition was too much (!), sure that Balej was going to turn into a top flight scorer.

Maybe he will, but obviously not this year. And Hossa's a year older than Balej yet struggled to find his place on a rebuilding Habs roster.

Here's hoping Hossa Jr works out better than Belaj for you guys.

And yes, I'm a Canadiens fan.

...and I believe Balej is a Slovak too.

had to do this, Hossa has bulked up, had a strong lockout season and has real skills;
other guys can do what Murray would've, Hollweg, Ortmeyer, Betts, Weller and others.

elsie: Hossa hasn't "bulked up" that much. (211 in 2003 and 2004, 215 now). As for his lockout season, he posted only 18 goals and 24 points in 48 games in the SEL. Doesn't strike me as that strong.

Hossa does have real skills, but his problem is he doesn't use his size to his advantage. He hates the heavy going along the boards and in front of the net, and had fallen down in the Habs depth chart the past two years.

elsie: Hossa hasn't "bulked up" that much. (211 in 2003 and 2004, 215 now). As for his lockout season, he posted only 18 goals and 24 points in 48 games in the SEL. Doesn't strike me as that strong.

Hossa does have real skills, but his problem is he doesn't use his size to his advantage. He hates the heavy going along the boards and in front of the net, and had fallen down in the Habs depth chart the past two years.

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