Thread: *Craig Rivet*
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01-02-2004, 05:55 AM
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Originally Posted by Habs4Life
What is CJ thinking playing this guy?

He's a terrible defensive player
Just check out these stats!

Year to date: 2003-04 39 2 6 8 -10

-10 is the the worst +/- on the team!

When is CJ going to wake up and replace him with Ron Hainsey or Michael Komisarek?

Another Note: Give a ton of credit to Patrice Brisebois for his solid defensive play this year, he is a + 10 and leads the team in +/-
You are leaving out one very important stat there. His 51 PIM, leading Habs defenders in that category. PIMs is much more meaningful stat than plusminus, when you try figure out individual players input for the team, because other players cant add into his tab.

Hes been the only Canadiens defender to play full 82 game seasons in recent history, which suggests he plays with injuries and what kind of character he has.

With Rivet there Habs can carry smaller softer dmen Markov and Brisebois and others *cough*Souray*cough* dont need to fight that often.

Also everything I've read, seen or heard about Craig suggest he has decent leadership ability and is a good locker room guy.

Yeah hes had terrible year statswise, but stats dont neccesarily show the whole picture. There must be some reason why CJ lets him play those minutes.

Addition: As for Brisebois matter you're forgetting he missed 7 games and he'd be well in pace 30+ point year, if he had stayed healthy. Those goals will come... remember how Bulis couldnt get one in about 50 shots, now his 10 as shot% .

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