Howard was fantastic, and Kings fans had to be SO frustrated watching that game. Well too bad, it builds character.
The Swiss (doesn't) Miss- I don't know if there's another guy on the team who plays his role more effectively than Brunner. Just finds space on the ice and creates passing lanes to receive the puck, and then rips it. The other aspects of his game are coming along, but his offensive instincts are great.
I didn't think E was as effective as in yesterday's game, but still good. And using his size and bringing some snarl to an otherwise tame D-corps. And had a rocket of a GWG.
Kronwall and Lashoff were brutal together early in this one. Gotta separate those guys or a team is going to score 10 goals on us soon. Put one of them with E and the other with White.
I demand an explanation for Franzen's inclusion on this list.
I usually hate him ( obviously exaggerating/ being dramatic) but we all know he is capable of so much when he decides to show up. Usually he floats around not doing much of anything, but today I saw numerous efforts he made in our zone to prevent the other team getting at loose pucks/ rebounds/ etc. And if he had've shot the puck the slightest bit lower on that last power play, we would've won without the whole end of the game situation. So since he missed that by a hair, I let him share it with Ericsson, who was quite sound in our end, and used his body a lot, as well as scoring (might've hit someone on the way?) the GWG. Good effort from both guys. Franzen's star is more "thank you so much for giving at least 50% effort today!" , not that he was necessarily awesome by any means.
If you were Brunner or his agent would you sign now?
Well, the minors and Europe are littered with guys that got off to hot starts in the NHL and faded off into oblivion.
He'd be taking a big risk going to UFA. He could get hurt, he could have a horrific playoff, he could fall off the scoring pace completely. Or he could continue having a great season and have a great NHL future ahead of him. You never know.
I would think they would both want to get something done sooner rather than later.