I really hope that's not the case. In that situation both players are playing the points on their off wings, making it extra difficult when the PK'ers clear it out along the side boards.
I could just be nitpicking, though.
Most PPs play the defensemen / point men on their off wing side because it provides better shooting angles/lanes, opens up the one-timer and offers less of a chance that if you miss short side, the puck rings and goes out of the zone on the opposite side before your partner can hold it in. They will go with Bieksa and either Hamhuis or Ballard on the 2nd unit for the same reason - both will play their off side.
It seems like it. That's what it was like last game with Edler out. Samuelsson used to play the point for Detroit. It's definitely not the most ideal situation as Samuelsson on the point has failed to impress me yet whenever the Canucks have tried it. I'm not sure what our alternatives are? Samuelsson is a right hand shot which compliments that point so I guess it's our best match for now.
Samuelsson has played a lot better the last two games. Hopefully some added responsibility will have him back in last year's form.
Why on earth would they have waived Ballard when they could just leave Salo on the LTIR until the play-offs?
Like i said "if" they wanted to bring Salo back before the playoffs.
Also there my be a problem with the League leaving Salo on the LITR if it was seen as an attempt to get around the cap.
Moreover, might have been some concern about getting Salo into some game action before throwing him into the playoffs.
Obviously you would only consider moving someone out at point where you were wanting to get Salo back in. Certainly no one suggested they move out a player if there was some doubt about whether Salo was ready.
The only thing being discussed were the options if you wanted to get Salo back in the lineup. If you did then some move would have to be made. Soon as the injury occurred then that changed the discussion. Prior to that it was totally appropriate to consider what moves would have to be made to get Salo back in.
Whoo! Now Ballard can play more, the prayers of the masses have finally been answered!
I'm interested to see how the masses react to more Ballard. I think his play recently has been overstated. His mistakes haven't cost us but they've been glaring at times. He seems to lack offensive instincts and is prone to getting caught up in the nuetral zone. He's got the tools, maybe some icetime will allow him to put it together.
There was basically no chance they would waive Ballard so I don't see how it was an appropriate discussion.
Agreed, that argument was preposterous at best.
Pretty safe bet that we'll finish the season with the same guys we have on the roster right now. Edler can go to for a conditioning stint if need be for a few games in Winnipeg, before the playoffs - that will keep him off the cap I believe, allowing us to keep the two KBs, Ehrhoff, Hamhuis, Salo, Alberts, Rome..
Assuming Edler stays on LTIR, are we able to add any salary? It would be great to add one more secondary scoring threat, like a Stillman type or someone. The second PP unit is a joke.
dude is under the knife. respect his privacy instead of wanting to gawk.
respect his privacy? Its not like he wants to know what he had for dinner last night or who he's voting for in the next Swedish election. Maybe a press release as to if the surgery was successful or if they may have found more significant damage. Its not likely to happen this early but...lighten up Francis.
The Vancouver Canucks say defenceman Alexander Edler underwent successful back surgery Monday, but that they will know more about his prognosis in the next few days.
The Canucks were told that Edler would require 10-12 weeks to recover post-surgery, a timeline that bumps up against the end of the NHLís regular season on April 10. Edler was suffering from a herniated disc in his lower back, which was not going to heal without surgery.