“I perfected the hitting game"
And as a flyers fan, how could you not like this guy? Average to undersized player playing bigger than his size.. Solid in his own zone.. And keeps shelley out of the lineup
Ehhhh I wouldn't call him solid defensively. He is really good at hitting though.
edit: To clarify, he hasn't been terrible though. One thing I've noticed is that on defense he closes the distance between himself and the puck carrier quickly, and even when he's going in for the hit he keeps his stick on the ice for as long as he can. He really rushes and hassles them.
Down in the basement, I've got a Craftsman lathe. Show it to the children when they misbehave.
Last edited by Beef Invictus: 11-17-2011 at 05:17 PM.
I ****ing LOVE this kid. You can tell Rinaldo understands his place and role and doesn't take for granted that he's playing in the NHL. He hits like an 18-wheeler -- it's a shame refs are dumb and have already called him for penalties twice this season on two perfectly legal, bone-crushing checks -- and has some serious wheels. He'll fight anyone, regardless of size, and doesn't back down ever. Rinaldo is perfect for this city.
And yeah, the charging calls are getting a little much.. He doesnt take too many strides and only leaves his feet after he hits the player which is legal
I would hate to see how they would have treated Roenick in today's league with these joke refs as rookie. Guy leaves his feet on the follow through of a freakin legal check. No different than when he leveled Doughty...
Unlike Dan Carcillo, who often took bad penalties for similar actions and earned himself a spot in Laviolette’s doghouse, that’s not the case with Rinaldo.
“I think Zac has played an extremely clean game since he’s been here,” Laviolette said. “The physicality in what he does has been excellent. I like Zac because he’s a positive person in the room and out on the ice he brings a lot of positive energy to our group.
“He’s played a good game. He’s been more than just be physical and looking for hits. He’s able to contribute solid D-zone play. He’s contributed on offense. He’s made plays.
“He’s been a real positive addition for us. If discipline comes into play for selfless actions, they get looked after, but I don’t think that’s the case here.”
But what if the officials keep whistling Rinaldo for clean checks? At this rate, he will finish with 406 penalty minutes this season.
“I’m not changing,” Rinaldo said. “If I change, I’ve changed for the better. I haven’t stopped hitting or fighting and I’ve put more skill into my game. I’ve just been getting better and better.”
It sucks for Rinaldo himself, because he is trying. He hasn't deserved the rep calls based on this season, but it takes more than 6 weeks to shake a reputation.
However, when you're officials (and the AHL and NHL work with each other), you're less willing to take that chance. Like I said, Rinaldo is trying, but that's the web you weave. It might be unfair that he referees have railed him so hard on his reputation, but there's a reason he has a reputation to start with.
And it's up to the GM and coach to recognize that, instead of passing the buck and saying "well, we like how he's played, and we don't know why this is happening," they know why, and just refuse to acknowledge that, which is why you don't use the NHL to shake it.
The "I won't do anything different" didn't help Carcillo when he did the same thing. It's up to the players to civilly discuss it with the officials instead of crying about it in the media. That's often counterproductive. Even though he's gotten tough calls, he's basically broken even drawing them. Going to the press about it won't help your case, especially when you're the one who is on double secret probation.
As for the misconduct he got in the last game, he had to be separated at least twice, maybe three times, and in a tie game in the third period, starting **** after the whistle for no reason won't do you any favors. It would have been his last shift of the game anyways. Learning experience.