I remember being frustrated that such a dramatic trade was made during such a flukey weird lockout season. Looks like Slats has brass balls, and it gave this team the Brass and the balls it needed to turn the season around.
I think in general people had waaaaay to high of expectations for Dorsett. I don't know what everyone was expecting, but I was expecting an energy guy who throws his body around and will pot a goal every now and then. We've seen the first part of that equation, and it would just be a plus if he was able to score a couple of goals. I just think it's unfair to expect a guy who just came back from 2 months off to jump into a playoff game with a new team and produce offense... IN TORTS SYSTEM.
He'll need time. Its not easy for players like that either. A "run" can easily become a 5 major and what not. He must be comfortable too and find his way.
Dorsett has be great for us. We really needed some of that skillful grittiness and he does a fine job of it and he looks like someone with the ability to make something happen with a few hard plays in the offensive zone. John Moore has been playing McDonagh lite role which before his emergence would have seemed... magical. When we were having our fantastic Bickel/Eminger/Gilroy problems with Staal healthy, if anyone said we would get a Diet McD, y'all would have thought we'd be trading away picks and a 2nd tier prospect. I won't blow up the Brassard balloon with more sentences but to be able to say he's doubly effective than an awesome Moore is fantastic. Roll the dice again, people would have been happy to just get either Brass for Gabby or Moore+Dorsett for Gabby let alone all three.
On another note, I hope Gabby does relatively well in CBJ (just not against us and Henrik ) . The highlight of this trade for me (that I haven't visited since the back to back PIT games) was the new start for everyone. Dorsett was injured and it's not the worst thing to go to a new club, a big club that really desperately needs what he brings and heal up and contribute. Brassard has always been a poster boy for unfulfilled potentials and the pick that never turned out. For someone with so much skill and potential and swagger in his game, it would be sad to see him decline in CBJ. He's found a perfect fit and certainly found a home with his emergence and rise in popularity with the team, his teammates, coach, and the fans. With Richards fate set in....drying cement, Brassard knows if he earns his keep, he is here to stay. I think of the three, Moore had the most difficult time adjusting to the thought of the trade. Brass has a few more years on Moore and so does Dorsett. Moore seems like a down to earth kinda guy and the impression I got was that he wanted to just play and prove himself no matter where he is. It was nice for him to get that goal against PIT and settle right into the praise and approval of the coaching staff and solidify his role in a defense core that's loaded with talent that's not going anywhere. With Staal, Girardi, McDonagh, Stralman and an Del Zotto that we have yet to part with despite numerous opportunities, I think he felt as if this trade made things more difficult especially with Torts's reputation of being a hard ass that scrutinizes defensive play and isn't shy about throwing players into his dog house. It would be nice to see the PP flourish under him QB role except we all know the problem is with Torts and the coaching staff.
Of course, Gabby needed a start and I think everyone in the ****ing league with a clue knew that. Worst part is that his NYR teammates probably knew that on some level and when you're elite scorer isn't well adjusted, it chips away at the mentality of the team.