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by The Upper Canadien on 01/17/13 at 11:19 PM ET
The Montreal Canadiens played a 3 period scrimmage tonight in front of an almost full house (about 70%) full of fans that lined up for hours to see the Habs back in action. Coach Michel Therrien said after the game that final cuts will be announced tomorrow morning, at which point we'll find out whether Alex Galchenyuk cracks the roster for Saturday's game against the Maple Leafs.
My two cents on Galchenyuk: many people are saying send him back to the OHL, or give him 5 games and send him back, he's too young, he's not ready. However, why not keep him up in Montreal, get him relevant experience on the 2nd line, and let him grow? That way, come October, he'll be ready to go. This gives him time to work through the growing pains. Otherwise, next season will be the hiccup.
Many will disagree, but I think Galchenyuk can help now, without hurting his development. We'll know soon enough.
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