Can someone explain to me why Rivet is in the NHL?
This guy has shown no signs of any reliability since the beginning of the season. What were once hallmarks of his play, like sacrificing his body and being willing to take a hit to make a pass have disapeared. I've never seen a Dman decide to hold the puck at his feet and absorb the hit instead of making a pass and taking the hit so many times. He looks indecisive and slow. The communication problems between him a Sourray make me gag.
I've always liked him and hope he turns it around but at this point he's been nothing short of terrible.
he played way over his head last year, i think that is too fresh in our minds. i feel he's back to how he used to be in previous seasons, which even though i hate to say it, is pretty expendable at $2 million per season this up coming summer
As I said earlier, Rivet has two enormous flaws for a PP dman... he's very bad at intercepting clearings and is waaaaay too slow of a skater in situations of counter attack. He'd be the last D I'd use on PP.. IMO either give Markov or Souray the whole 2 mins.. if not, use Kovy with Streit or Niinimaa on the second wave. Komi seems a lot more minded on offence this year, why not use him?
for having a slow start? he was our second best defender last season. he surely still deserves to be here.
I wouldn't go as far as saying he was our 2nd best defender. He was consistent in the defensive zone, but he's (imo) our worst defenceman at making first passes, doesn't have a good shot, doesn't have any offensive intuition and is only "solid" defensively... You'd figure someone who really has nothing else to offer would be more than what he is defensively. To me he's got worth with the team, but not more than any other guy in our top 7 (Bouillon included).