I've actually been liking Alberts more than Rome... everyone once in a while, Mr. Outtanginles thinks he's Bobby Orr or Ray Bourque and tries to make a pass he can't make or skate in a level he can't. Alberts makes mistakes too, but at least he never overdoes it.
I've always been in the minority, but I've always preferred Alberts to Rome. He adds a physical presence and wins battles along the boards. Rome's only advantage is that he is a bit better positionally.
I think since Ballard has been out Alberts has clearly been better than Rome, but we'll see if the coaches agree.
I still want to find out if Tanev can take that right side along Edler starting now, shifting Salo down with Alberts/Rome.
We did. For one game. And then for cap-related reasons, he was promptly re-assigned to the Wolves. I think we're going to all have to make peace with the idea that if/when Salo goes down, Tanev is the most likely replacement barring some sort of miraculous acquisition by Gillis in what is a hugely seller's market for dmen of any calibre.
Best we can hope for is to pick up a depth RS guy to replace Tanev on the bottom pairing when he slides up into the top 4 on the RS.
Forgive me for using a basketball reference but I can't help but to reflect on Jeremy Lin, NY Knicks phenom. He exemplifies the right opportunity, at the right time, in the right system. Tanev utilized his opportunity last year, like Lin today, to turn heads. There is no reason he can't do it again and become a solid D pairing for the Canucks going into the playoffs. The question is, how will he look partnered with Rome or Alberts? Likely not the right opportunity to look like a star.
I expect Tanev will be staying with the Canucks from now on. They're bringing him up for the stretch to get the team firing on all cylinders for the playoffs.
Originally Posted by Bobby Lou
I like how we basically upgrade our bottom-pairing on the right-side every time this guy is called up. That's saying something.
You don't even have to qualify it with 'right-side.' It's ridiculous how much better Tanev is compared to Rome, Alberts, and even Ballard.
The question is, how will he look partnered with Rome or Alberts? Likely not the right opportunity to look like a star.
We don't want him to look like a star. We want him to stabilize the bottom pairing with steady, simple plays. With Salo retiring soon, there will be plenty of oppurtunity to play him in the top 4 in the future.
Rome and Alberts aren't actually that terrible when they're playing their correct side, though Alberts still takes too many penalties.
I still don't understand why they kept going with Alberts-Rome. If Ballard is out and Tanev is in the minors, I'd rather have Sulzer with one of Rome or Alberts.
I don't think Tanev is here for the rest of the season. That would cost us LTIR space which could otherwise be used to add depth at the trade deadline. We also don't have room on the roster unless someone is on IR. It doesn't sound like Ballard is expected to be out long term, and as soon as he's activated Tanev will have to go back down. It's either that or we waive Sulzer.