I would still trade Bonk for a bag of pucks. The play where he just handed the puck to Philly's defenceman instead of pushing it in the corner was brutal.
On the bright side, his value is probably at it's highest.
I fail to see why Johnson's and Bonk's play means Latendresse should get better ice time? Higgins is playing well so let's put Lats on the 1st line. You're not making sense.
I've always felt Bonk has received an unfair rap. Defensively, the latter half of last year (especially in the playoffs) he was terrific, and so far this season (although it is incredibly early) he has been great for us again. The only way I see that people can knock him is the fact that he is recieving too much moola. But he fills an important niche on this team and does his job well (so far anyways!).
Yes that is the point... All I'm saying is that I think Latendresse would make more of his opportunity on that line then Perezhogin has. The goal is to win and I think our team is better with Latendresse on a line with Bonk and Johnson then it is with Perezhogin on it.
I see. I originally thought you just wanted Tender on the 3rd so he could get more points.
But in this case I have to disagree again. Perezhogin is playing very well and there's no reason to think Tender would add much to that line.
Plus, Perezhogin would just add nothing on the 4th. At least now Lats has a chance to learn the NHL game on this line (He is getting 9 mins of TOI per game) and not have too much pressure or responsibilites. Meanwhile, Perezhogin can continue to be an effective contributor on a good all-around line.
At this point it would detrimental to change them around.
Ryder when he started his career on the 4th line, would still manage to put up points
I find that the biggest mystery about fans on this forum. They truly think that offensive players will not develop if they play on the 4th line; that you have to play on the top 2 line or your career will be ruined... And this is after the last 2 seasons of Ryder starting out on the 4th line and then Higgins starting out on the 4th line. Both are top line players now.
When will NHL GMs learn that their only ruining their prospects by not playing them on the top 2 lines from the start?
Bob traded for his defensive abilities, but he really hasn't demonstrated anything this year. I can't remember the last time I saw Bonk finish a check, or forecheck with any degree of effort.
What do you mean by "he hasn't demonstrated anything this year"?
He shut down everyone he played against, and had a few scoring chances that he created for himself. He had one or two breakaways, and a few partial ones. Don't tell me he hasn't been good, because he has been playing great hockey. Now I agree he's not gritty, but that's just not Radek's game and he wasn't brought in to ring the opponants' bells.
Lats would spark up the third line? eh he hit once in 3rd game come on! Perezhogin is great so far he's just everywhere on the ice. Lats seems completely lost in D. He was everywhere except where he had to be. Latendresse doesnt impress me so far. He's young he only played 3 game this is not critica; but he doesnt deserve any promotion. Perez is the forecheker on that line and Latendresse dont have perez speed and quickness so I rather use perez on that line.
Are you crazy? This is a shut down line I dont think Latendresse will bring what bonk bring in his own zone for sure.
Yeah I suck at betting. I didn't even bother to look up any stats because I'm just too lazy but sarcasm aside, I still would get rid of Bonk.
He's not useless or even a detriment to his team it's just my opinion.
I can see your points in reguards to Bonk and can understand why you would want to see him traded. However, his value is next to nil right now. He would get a 4th rounder in return, max. I doubt the market is very strong for big underachieving centerman with hefty contracts.
I say we play him for the rest of the season and let him walk once his contract is up. The one thing he does bring is veteren depth on a young squad.
Personally, I havent given up on Bonk. At times last season, he did elevate his game. Although I dont expect consistancy, I do expect him to repeat this type of surge at a few points this season, and hopefully we'll see these at key moments