If I were David Schlemko, I'd be saying the same thing. True or not, that's the only spot open.
Great point. It doesn't help him that Stone and Rundblad are both right-hand shots and have the full confidence of the Coyotes brass. It's going to be very hard for Summers and Gormley to get much NHL time this year, even if there are injuries (knock on wood).
Huh, really? I'm not 100% on this, but I thought it was Klesla who said he prefers it on the left, and that Schlemko said something about it being an adjustment for him recently.
Defenseman David Schlemko is also making an adjustment in working alongside Rusty Klesa.
“I think we played the whole first half of last year together before I got hurt,” Schlemko said. “There the only difference is I’m playing the right side instead of Rusty. I played the right side lots before, so I’m pretty comfortable back there. Just a day or two to get used to, but it feels good now.”
Why would they even change in the first place? Are Rundblad and Stone both right D? Trying to limit the amount of change Klesla has to deal with?
When he was introduced right after LOL as part of the 12-13 Coyotes, he had a very disgusted look on his face. I remember laughing (this was before I knew he was a healthy scratch) because I thought he must've just felt awkward about the whole thing (especially being the first skater introduced, etc.) but in retrospect, he might've been legitimately pissed off. He really did look it (and he's a player who generally looks fairly pleased, all of the time, from what I've seen. I mean, google image the kid, for crying out loud).
I know that. But the spectacle was new. By the time they got to Korpikoski everyone had it down. It's a bit like being the first kid in class to have to read your book report. Especially if you are the new guy, as well. At least that's what I thought. Maybe he just doesn't cope well with forced grandeur. Maybe he had gas. I don't know. I never will. I no longer care. Haha.
When Gretzky used to sit Yandle out routinely we complained. A couple of years later he was in the run for the Norris.
When OEL was scratched frequently his rookie season we complained. He's now the best player in the organization.
Let's let Tippett and Maloney do their thing. Stone can play at the NHL level. Rundblad will develop into an impact player if he gets some more time in the AHL.
Agreed. It could simply be a move to get him top minutes playing in all situations down in the A. Rangers did this McDonagh and brought him up mid season and he played great at the NHL level for the 2nd half.