Yeah, from a pure hockey standpoint, he's a better player.
I just like Scottie a lot more, I still have trouble justifying a couple of Downie's antics. I know he's supposed to be an agitator and he's just doing his job, but that whole Bruins thing really rubbed me the wrong way. But hey, I guess that just means he's good at his job.
Yeah, he'll always be a player that might go off at any moment, but those players are capable of maturing. We've seen it with Carcillo this year. He's not perfect yet, but he's getting there.
Originally Posted by MiamiScreamingEagles
There's no way to prove or disprove this notion but I believed at the time Downie needed a change of scenery and that whatever he accomplished in a new location, he wouldn't have done so with the Flyers. I continue to have that belief. I think it went beyond coaching. He doesn't have the baggage from the association with the jersey that he would have maintained.
I feel differently, but I won't make a big deal out of it beyond this post.
He just needed some patience, some ice time, and a coach that didn't play favourites. He's still very young.
Richards was like a new man last night. That gold medal might have been the best thing for him. Our defense played as great as it usually has been lately. Leighton did decent. Made some important saves, but I felt he could have done better.
Richards, Gagne, Giroux, and Carcillo all with big games. I felt Gagne was probably the least impressive of the four though.