Congrats to Kelly. A 20 goal scorer, key defensive forward and leader, sought after and key contributor for a Stanley Cup winning team. The “Stone hands” moniker always seemed to me a testament of the poor scouting ability of some of our more persistent troll bots who hadn’t really grasped the meaning and usage of that term, and Kelly must surely be relishing making them choke on his 20G, even if they attempt to cover themselves by attempting to suggest it was a term of endearment.
Kelly was one of our more successful draft picks that we developed, and I’m not sure we’ve really replaced his Guy Carbonneau role yet either, he definitely appears to me to be far more popular amongst Sens fans in hindsight than he ever got as support while still here. And there are still many who think we have already replaced him or that he was overpaid.
Year after year sens fans complained, coach after coach got lambasted by fans for putting Fisher as 2nd line C instead of 3C or 2nd line winger. And finally we trade him to a team perhaps making their best shot in their window this year, and he becomes #1C.
Kelly and Fisher become key players on contenders, while Vermette remains the “poor mans” 2nd liner, picked up by non-playoff, non cap teams. And ironically, the ’poor mans’ description is still seen by many fans as a positive attribute.
Perhaps like Savard and Larmer, who after they were split up in trade and everyone saw the defensive Larmer still doing well while the flashier Savard struggled, a re-evaluation in hindsight of Kelly and Vermettes values here is warranted?
When Fisher was picked up by Nashville, the GM specifically saw him as a 2nd line guy. Heard it in an interview. So if he's playing 1C and only getting 50 points, well... not sure how Nashville's pulling off what they're doing.
As far as Vermette goes, not sure where you get the teams bit considering up until this year he was playing on Columbus where he had both a 65 and a 47 point season. And Phoenix is a bubble team this year (as was Columbus I think the year they took him) currently slated to make it into the playoffs.
And good on Kelly, he was a solid 3rd line role player (excellent on the PK)... but the stone hands moniker came from seeing him miss open net after open net after beautiful setups especially when he'd get bumped up into the top 6 whenever Alfie or Spezza were hurt for long periods of time.