Love it! I was expecting a copy of the Marc Methot contract, so seeing this is great news.
Originally Posted by Redarmynative
So what do Columbus fans expect their defense to look like opening game?
Methot-[whichever of Moore, Savard, or Murray impresses the most in camp]
[some random #7 plug]
The top two pairings showed remarkable chemistry together, so that's what we'd start with. Splitting up Tyutin and Nikitin at this juncture, given how long they spent together last year and how well they did, seems extremely unlikely. If the JMFJ-Wiz magic goes away, though (we have only a handful of games of them together, but both of them were plus players as a result!), expect a shuffle.
Remember - when you're a hockey fan, it's not "reckless driving", it's "good forechecking".
"Viqsi, you are our sweet humanist..." --mt-svk on the CBJ boards
Thanks, Howson, for cleaning up MacLean's toxic waste. Welcome, Kekalainen; let's get good things built!
I'm probably the biggest Kris Russell fan around, but Nikitin has far surpassed what I thought he'd accomplish. Tyutin and Nikitin were one of the best shut down pairs in the NHL last year when together.
As much as Howson is ripped on here (and deservedly so), he does have a knack for finding "Diamond in the Rough" players like Jan Hejda, Mathieu Roy, etc.. Nikitin was the most recent of those. Glad to see him back, especially at the price.