seems like Chris Gratton rumors have been circling the wagons for a while. Is he in his 30s yet? Seems like he's been around a looong time, but I can remember all the high expectations of a bit 18 year old kid.
I can't believe he's going to be 32, he was the first player to make the NHL that was younger than me. Gratton is one day younger, really can't believe he and I will be 32 in July!
But I think he's saying that any Bertuzzi trade to the Rangers still cause a conflict because of Greg Moore. I'm saying that G Moore is not related to Dom and Steve.
Oh, there I go again, screwing everything up.
Yeah, that's what he told me, I thought he was saying Gratton would cause that, and I pointed out that Gratton is a center, and even if Gratton did play wing, he'd probably be gone from NY by the time Moore came up with the big club.
Speaking of which, there's a player that I really hope will pan out for us. Greg Moore has the potential to be a Darren McCarty like player if you ask me, and that's something we've lacked for a long, long time.
I don't know if he's necessarily faster, I think Gratton throws better checks, and he's definitely much better on faceoffs.
I think for 3rd line center, you'd have to give the nod to Gratton. Even if he isn't the greatest defensive minded center, he still brings more of an all-around game to the table than Betts, who is pretty much strictly an energy player and a penalty killer who is decent at winning faceoffs. Even if the 3rd line is somewhat of a scoring line, I think Gratton can help put up some numbers on there, and that's what I think distinguishes Gratton from a guy like Betts.
And yes... if Gratton is the choice for 2nd line center, we are in a world of ****... well said.
I have an admittedly peculiar love for Blair Betts, but I have to disagree about the position on Gratton being a better 3rd line center. To me, Betts is an ideal third line C given his speed and defensive-mindedness.
And I don't think you can say that Gratton is definitely better on faceoffs. They're both good, but this year Betts has been better, 53% to 51%.