Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Jan Bulis Wants To Clear The Air


From the Vancouver Province:

"It's unbelievable how out of hand it got," Bulis said of his ill-timed comments last Wednesday during an impressive 3-0-1 eastern road trip that left the Canucks 10-1-1 in their last dozen outings.

"I never said: 'I want out.' And I never said I want a trade. I don't know where it's going to go now. It was just a meeting between my agent [Jiri Crha] and [general manager] Dave Nonis."

That meeting was spurred after Bulis logged a season-low 9:37 of ice time on Jan. 2 in Calgary, one game after the winger scored in 15:06 of ice on Dec. 30 at Edmonton. It triggered his concern and has made all parties uncomfortable.


"Janny wasn't lying or anything like that -- he was just telling his opinion of what he thinks," said Crha, who hasn't spoken with Nonis since his client's outburst. "I don't think they signed Janny because they want to trade him. Maybe they know the potential and have different ideas of what they want to do with him.

"If they don't feel he's the guy then it's a waste for everybody." Bulis believes with more ice time -- especially on the power play where he logged just 10 seconds in four of the last seven outings -- the Czech winger can improve on his 16 points [9-7] and be a second-half solution rather than an ongoing problem for coach Alain Vigneault.
Agent-speak aside, I think it pretty much reads the same as what was reported last week. While I sympathize with Bulis' desire to play a bigger role on this team - even one that I don't think he's quite capable of - going to the press certainly isn't likely to get him in it.

Earlier in the season, when Alain Vigneault gave him all sorts of opportunities to play on the powerplay, he notched a whopping total of one goal. Taylor Pyatt has scored more in that role and Trevor Linden is currently doing the same. Especially with the accompanying team success recently, I think Vigneault has done a great job of giving everyone their deserved ice-time, don't you think?

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posted by J.J. Guerrero, 8:58 AM


At January 23, 2007 3:52 PM, Blogger Stevens8204 said...

The coach has done a great job...but Bulis just wants to go somewhere where he can play....that is understandable. There isn't much more either one can do and Bulis isn't going to win much sympathy from the press. Great post...by all means come check out www.nhlarena.com...it is good stuff indeed.



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