I sure hope we are in the market for a puck moving right-handed D. It was painfully evident today on several plays on the PP that the left-handed D was a little hand cuffed on some passes that would have been easily fielded by a right-handed defensemen and the PP suffered. My hope is that Duvie somehow regains his old form and is able to play on the NHL level again with someone.
Unless you were just trying to be a troll, I say this is the biggest bs I've heard in a long while.
If you play hockey for decades and then just when you're about to reach the level everyone dreams about, you get concussions what ends the dream. You would be happy just because you are getting money?
If a player gets serious concussions like Duvie has had, he sure should get sympathy from every fan out there. If someone doesn't feel the need for that, he clearly doesn't appreciate hockey players at all.
Don't bother Handyy, in the "promised land" everything is about business and success and always have been, nothing else matters.
Apparently. Well, enough for me to be the next HFBoards member to say I'm going to take a long break. Had enough...
I hope not. You are a voice of reason and recently you talked me off the ledge when the Jackets played a stinker and I over-reacted.
I definitely agree with you on this one. We can feel badly for Duvie and miss him when he moves on, and not be considered "soft." The hell of it is that sometimes bad things happen to good people. Duvie's is a feel good story, a fight against all odds, etc. only to be dealt a bad hand in one nasty hit.
The fact is, we are all just a traffic accident or a freak trip & fall from being in a wheelchair. No promises. Let's just root for each other & help each other out where we can.
Honestly why anyone would get worked up is beyond me. I play hockey, and I have all my life, and I'd realize why I'd have to be waived, cut, or anything along those lines if I wasn't performing. I'd hate it, but I'd understand. And 4 points in 20 some games, isn't performing to par. Westcott's done alot for us, but we can't live in the past, we have to acknowledge the present, if we're to be a playoff contender. His salary is large for a player, who isn't at his best, and may never reach it again. I wish Duvie all the luck, and thank him for what he has done.
And soon names like Shelley, Malhotra and Vyborny will meet a similar fate. Future progress depends on upgrading our talent. I appreciate all of them and have cheered for them, but I'd trade them all for a Stanley Cup.
i'd hope we could find a spot for manny...always nice to have a guy who wins 60% of his faceoffs.
Was at a hockey tournament starting Friday and couldn't read the boards 'til just now. Sorry to see Duvie go, but like most of you I could see the writing on the wall. Very likable guy and I wish him the best, but I'm in the "what's best for the team" camp. My season ticket money is ultimately intended to go toward a Cup contender. If he's not a big part of making that happen, so be it.
Talk about some over-reaction. Almost everyone has had their dreams crushed at some point. The difference here is that Duvie is got a 5 million dollar contract before having his dream dashed (and they aren't completely crushed yet, just on lifesupport).
I would have taken 5 million and a concussion to have my dream of playing for the Reds dashed.
I'm concerned for him because of his concussion. But sympathy of someone not being able to play a game? Not in this lifetime. I save sympathy for the people that really need it. My family has had enough tragedy, it puts something like this in perspective.
Heck the guy even made it to the NHL and he hasn't called it quits yet. There are thousands of kids at the Junior and College level that won't even make it as far as he did.
I'm not quite sure what I expected out of Duvie last night, but I sure didn't expect the Duvie that showed up in the Quicken Loans Arena.
For the first 10 minutes of the game, I thought for sure the Crunch were playing 4 forwards. Duvie was always around the puck, and always higher than the circles in the offensive zone. Yeah he was good with it, but he never played his position, instead he was puck hogging it, worse than the Z of old. I don't know if he was trying to show up the AHL'ers, or was told to come down and work on his offensive part of his game, or what, but it didn't work, and he left his team exposed.
Then about 10 minutes into the first, he very deftly avoided a big hit along the boards. The Monsters player who tried to hit him grabbed Duvie's stick as he fell, and Duvie went down on him. It turned into a wrestling match, and the Monsters fans were outraged that Duvie kept holding the player down, but nobody seemed to notice or care that his stick was under the Monsters player who was still holding it.
When they finally got untangled (the play had been in the other end for at least 40 seconds at this point) Duvie and the other player started yapping back and forth as they slowly made their way back to the play. Suddenly Duvie took a golf swing at the other player's knees. He got called for 2 min for slashing, but with as big of a backswing as was there, personally I thought he deserved at least 5, if not a game misconduct.
The refs "corrected" their mistake for not giving Duvie more minutes the rest of the game. Rome and Picard both got boarded pretty blatantly with no call, and Brule got pushed into a Monsters player, and as he fell raked an arm over him while taking a high stick to the face. Naturally that was holding on Brule (but I digress)
Duvie got a 2nd assist on the Crunch's first goal, but didn't really set anything up. He spent the rest of the game just baffling me what he was thinking. His decision to join the rush seemed random. Sometimes he would, sometimes he wouldn't On the powerplay a Crunch player was involved with a board battle 3 ft from him, rather than try and help keep the puck in the zone, he retreated. The puck did cross the line, but barely, had he helped the board battle, or even held his ground, they would have held the zone.
Then came what would have been the worst "own goals" I have ever seen. On a delayed call Duvie was approaching the offensive blue line, and passed it behind him, to no one. The puck sailed the length of the ice towards the empty Crunch net, missing the far post by no more than 2-3 inches.
To say he's not taking the demotion well would be quite an understatement. Maybe he'll find his game again, maybe it will be in Elmira, maybe in Youngstown.