I can't believe people are complaining about adding a face-off guy/grinder who cost the team literally nothing in terms of assets and essentially nothing when it comes to face off stats. Because he's not 6'5" and won't fight Thornton?
Originally Posted by Marc the Habs Fan
I thought Halpern looked done every time I saw the Rangers play this year. At least he can still win draws and it costs nothing but $.
For what it's worth the advance stats guys over at EOTP plus Mathman have already looked it over and apparently the numbers show Halpern has been the Rangers most effective PKer and is an almost neutral posession player despite brutally difficult usage.
I have barely watched the Rags this year so I can't back those numbers up, he did look even slower than he did on the Habs, but he's an intelligent and gutsy player so it really doesn't surprise me he's still useful.
That doesn't help our size problem.
We won't get past a 2nd round if we stay small like that.
We don't have a size problem, that's a myth. You don't dominate teams at ES like we do if you have a size issue.
Our players aren't the biggest, but we are very greedy and combative.
Could we get bigger? Absolutely. But is it a problem? No. Guys like Gionta, DD, Gallagher, Bouillon, Gorges, may be smaller but they don't get intimidated by anybody. They don't shy away from any form of contact. They aren't scared to take a hit to make a play or crash the net.
We don't have a size issue. We were a smaller team a couple of years ago and made the ECF. Our goaltending was out of this world, but still, it just goes to show, smaller teams can rally together and go deeper.
There's no reason to think our team won't be able to rally this year. They've built the confidence over this season of coming back despite being down.
$700k, ufa at the end of the year 56.7% on the draws.....i like this gm....no risk with potential for high reward. I was surprised when they dropped him in the first place, glad he gets another go. Might mean the talbot rumours are actually nothing though