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Thursday, December 07, 2006

Sleepless in Montreal

When the B's traded Sergei Samsonov for Marty Reasonner, last year, fans were a bit upset by the return of that deal. In fact, months after the deal, Reasonner is playing with Edmonton and Samsonov with Montreal. Do the B's made a mistake by not re-signing him?

Samsonov was always well perceived by the ownership. Samsonov was a team player and his production was decent. Both parties could have reached a deal but there was a major disagreement about the evaluation of Samsonov " the player ". Samsonov camp always saw him as a premium forward and the B's considered Samsonov as top 6 forwards. Money wise, it make a difference and that's why Samsonov was dealt. Now, Samsonov is in Montreal and believe me, Sammy is not the same anymore.
I have the chance to see Sammy nights in, nights out and the problem remain the same: Samsonov didn't improve a bit regarding his bad habits. He still skating around in the offensive zone with getting results; he take bad decisions around the net; he refuse to go in the traffic to get a goal and his defensive game is pretty bad. When Montreal signed him to 3.5 per, i was a doubter. Edmonton and Boston refuse to pay him that kind of money so why, in Montreal, they did? Do those scouts have seen something that everybody was missing? In fact, no. Samsonov is a bust in Montreal and right now, he's taking a lot and i mean a lot of heat regarding his play. The sad thing for Samsonov is that he's untradeable. At 3.5 per, there's no team who will take a chance on him with the kind of season he have right now. Of course, playing with Kovalev (-9) doesn't help either.

Sammy was a good player in Boston. He was productive and his play was, at times, spectular. So far, this season, it's not the same Samsonov. I see an aging demotivated player who is the shadow of what he was in the past. If Sammy doesn't turn the situation around soon; Montreal might be the end of the road for him.


Blogger Walshie said...

I never was a fan of Samsanov, these new rules were suppose to benefit guys like him. He was always hurt. He's a guy who never plays through injuries not my type of guy. He hit his peak rookie year

11:29 AM  
Blogger Doobie said...

Sad to say, but true. Sammy's not doing so well in Montreal this year. Although the trade hurt last year, he was going to be a free agent anyway so it didn't bother me the same way the Thornton trade did.

11:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sammy's hard to figure. I always thought he was a potentially great player who was on the wrong team. The B's never seemed to know what to do with huim. But then again, I thought he'd do better in Montreal. I look at him and see a wild stallion, twisting and turning. If some coach somewhere could just figure out how to harness it... but alas that may never happen.

6:34 PM  

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