6'1 is undersized? Poor defensive play and lacking skating ability have not been witnessed in his stint with the NYR. Sure, he could come crashing down (mainly because everyone could), but it's hard not to see that this guy oozes talent. It's a good gamble. C'bus didn't plan on giving up a 60+ point guy who's significantly younger than Gaborik in that trade and we didn't take him for one. I fully expect him, however, to come close to that number next season.
Hes 190 pounds, he is absolutely undersized, and he is not very physical anyway. Hes an average skater.
He doesnt ooze talent at all, hes 26, he isnt going to suddenly develop into a great player his 8th season in the league
We seem to be in agreement when it comes to this kind of stuff lately.
I'm just resigned to our fate and hoping that Sather stumbles into the right coaching decision. He's been much better lately, as I liked Renney and Tortorella both, but still hasn't gotten the 100% right guy for the job.
If he didnt have to spend $25M on a Brad Richards buyout, he couldve looked into creating a Franken-coach.
I could give a crap about where he was drafted, hes 25 now (26 when the seasons starts). He is what he is. He isnt suddenly going to become a 30/30 guy. Hes always been poor defensively, hes undersized, not a great skater, and hes never even come close to scoring 20 goals in a season. Top 6 player my butt.
Only teams he is even close to being top 6 are those with no centers, aka the rangers.
Blue Jacket Fan? He's not undersized; he plays with some toughness and his skating is more than adequate for a distributor of the puck. We are not yet sure what we have in him (not enough of a sample), but the early returns are 180 degrees from the drivvle your pushing.
The biggest problem will always be Glen Sather. Until he is gone, I don't really have confidence in this team winning the cup anytime soon. Based on his past pedigree with the Rangers, of course.
But, didn't you just say it's the players?
Sather has flaws. But he does bring in some good stuff in trades. You cannot say that his trading skills are terrible. McD was not all "fluke". They do homework on these guys, same with Moore. Brassard is a player that helps solidify the line up and can do some work with the puck (That's another example). Honestly, the worst thing he does is the free agents, it's terrible. He is not "incompetent" in the full sense of the word. Regarding coaches; eventually, they lose rooms. As the game evolves, some coaches just fail to progress with it and stick to the guns which may not always work.
I didn't see Willie Desjardins' name thrown in here but once. How do you guys feel about him getting the chance as a head coach in the NHL? Too much of a risk giving a first timer the shot? I'm not that much aware of different coaches, their styles and the overall situation of coaches available right now, but for one I wouldn't want Ruff anywhere near Manhattan... Pretty much the same goes to AV.
What I've been reading, Desjardins did a great job with the Medicine Hat Tigers of the WHL and also with the Texas Stars of the AHL which got him the coach of the year award just now. So far his only experience in the NHL has been as an assistant coach for the Dallas Stars, but some posters in their forum brought his name up in the new coach discussion and believe he's getting his opportunity somewhere around the league. He's name popped up in the Canucks forum as well.
You're going to chew on those words. This roster is very competent and will now be unleashed.
Heard the same when Renney was fired. Also remember first few Tortorella games, the Rangers scored a bunch of goals. I wasn't on here, but I'm assuming Tom Renney was blamed a lot for not getting the most out of his players.