He scored a goal, finished his checks, played on the powerplay, played evenstrength hockey, played on the penalty kill, was double shifted by Stevens......I might have left something out by accident.
The only thing you forgot is that his goal was the game winner. I know it wasn't a typical game winner. Mike is a flat out winner and his game goes up 3 notches come playoff time. What a luxury to be a solid playoff team and than add Carter and Richards come playoff time.
Why? he is strictly a fill in type nhl player nothing more. Not needed on the Flyers at all
I'm not sure how the post-strike, salary cap league is going to pan out. However, I will not be surprised if guys like John Sim have a much easier time finding roster spots. Capable NHL players whom a team can pay six figures are the kind of players that give you value, and allow you to spend more on whatever the free agent market might look like. I suspect (it isn't hard to do so) that's why less glamorous free agents such as Stevenson and Knuble were signed for significantly lower dollar values. It's true they don't make that much annually relative to many typical free agent contracts, but more important are the short contract lengths. Neither contract ties the organization's hands to make additional moves.
Patrick Sharp = value
Tony Amonte @ $6M in a cap world = albatross
Nevertheless, I will not be surprised to see many teams run right out and crush their own organizations by tying up money for many years into the future.
First of all, props to WBS fans, they had a good showing.
Jeff Carter isn't fair, people. He wasn't a man among boys but no one was pushing him around out there and it was evident on the goal that put the game out of reach.
Joni Pitkanen was the best player on the ice though, he is able to cover so much area and even threw some good hits.
Mike Richards, in my opinion made the play of the game when he put the puck on net from behind the goal line, Sim was just there collecting the garbage.
And there was 2 fans following M-A Fleury all night heckling him
We haven't been discussed RJ Umberber yet (mainly because he hasn't done much).
I really don't see how the Phantoms will lose this series. The depth on this team is unreal.
Dennis Seidenberg didn't even play last night
I love them too, but don't get too excited. This is still a fairly young team and Carter and Richard's haven't really hit any roadblocks yet. Wilkes-Barre isn't a bad team and I could see them making this series interesting.