I'm upset that Rundblad got traded, but he was playing pretty poorly and it's possible that he threatened to go to Sweden if we demoted him to the AHL. He didn't deserve a roster spot over Lee/Carkner and the only alternative was to losing one of those guys to waivers.
Karlsson is a step above everybody else offensively, he has a certain vision and offensive IQ that I've never seen in a defenseman, ever. Its really hard to explain, but this kid is very very special. I really think he will be the top offensive d-man in the NHL for years to come, with Norris nominations. But doubts about his defensive side (whether true or not) may stop him from actually winning one.
Rundblad, it saddens me to say it, will be more of a poor man's Subban. Good skills, speed, but no toolbox. I don't think his game will translate very well to the NA ice. However, I do think he will be better than MA Bergeron.
Turris and Heatley both bailed on their teams. We criticize Heatley but willing to accept Turris with open arms? The only difference I see is the one player was proven and the other hasn't done jack ****.
Man, you are clearly not living up to your avatar.
That's not something I would care to wager any sum on whatsoever. Either way, Gagner is quite likely to continue to out score Turris.
I've watched both out here in the west and I would wager it easily. Turris is a completely different player than Gagne. Gagne plays along the boards, on the perimeter and then scores from the slot or when there is room. Turris goes for the net and makes room.
Except the fact that there is a size difference and Turris is going to go into high traffic area's far more than Gagner.
Not yet he isn't. He gets destroyed when he tries. He needs to get physically stronger as he still gets knocked off the puck too easily; can't win battles in the corner; gives up the puck too often on the back-check when he tries to get too cute; and has trouble skating up ice and leading the rush (again, gets his pocket-picked or knocked off the puck on the fore-check too easily).
He's skilled, but that doesn't mean much if you can't stay vertical on the ice. IF he gets significantly stronger no reason he can't be a very, very good 2nd-line center.
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Can't wait for Rundblad's first giveaway with Phoenix.
Might have to wait until next year. My bet is he spends most of the year in Portland learning the Tippett system and working on his defense.
Murray and PMac must have high expectations for Kyle Boris, as Rundblad is going to be a stud offensive defenceman. However, the blade runner was never going to get the opportunity to be a number 1 guy, as Ottawa already has two in Karlsson and Cowen is suddenly emerging as one.
It also appears to me like Ottawa, without going after over-the-hill veterans, is going after a "prospect" with NHL experience - signalling the organization's intention of making the playoffs. It is also Alfie's last season and he has been playing great lately, and with Michalek/Spezza/Karlsson amongst the league's statistical leaders, so they want to make hay while the sun shines.
I like the idea of getting Turris for Rundblad. As much as I liked Rundblad, he was a bit of a redundant piece and I'm sure his defensive play wasn't impressing Murray or MacLean very much. Hopefully this gives Lee a better shot to prove himself at this level.
What I didn't like, was the 2nd that was added on top of it.
I agree with much of what you say, but the team needs scoring skills and hopefully Turris can give this to us---he has a great wrist shot and quick release. He is young and can get better with proper coaching. Let's hope it works out.