I have his jersey in the old slug uniform. My policy is never to wear jerseys of players who have been traded until after they retire. Might wear his on opening day.
I like the Goose. He played hard and was a good grinder. Darcy got a first rounder for him, so it ended well.
People will remember him not taking on Lucic right away after the Miller take out but I really feel like Gaustad can be remembered as a solid Sabre. No injuries in 2005-2006, we win the cup and Paul goes down in the books as an important contributor to that time.
Plus, he left a classy retirement message that included Rochester.
Gimme a break. He fought the fight next game. Guy turned himself into an NHler with not much talent.
He's no core player and shouldn't have been asked that. He was a face off specialist, penalty killer, fourth or third line centre. Well above average in that role in Buffalo.
Exactly. Moreover, he turned himself into a legit hockey player. He wasn't just a punching bag. He wasn't even a 4th line grinder out there to hit people. He was a good hockey player, despite having almost no natural skill. Will always be one of my favorites.
Worked hard to be a NHLer with a limited natural skill set. One of my favorite examples of that was when he taught himself to take draws as a lefty or righty. Helped keep him as one of the better face-off guys in the league.