If they sign him I will question why they let Tolly go for this guy all season.
Originally Posted by Viqsi
Here, I'll preemptively answer it for you: Injury History. OKT's is horrifying. Skoula's is fantastic. Granted, some of that can be attributed to their respective playing styles, but given that we need a depth defenseman - i.e. one that's not going to be on IR at an inconvenient time - I'd say that's just fine.
What Viqsi said. Tolly was hurt, A LOT. He was depth, he was character and was loved and appreciated by his teammates, but he was hurt all the time. I don't think anyone wanted to see him go, but you just can't resign a guy who is hurt all the time.
Modin, for as good of a player as he can be when he is healthy, is the same way. As soon as his contract is up (if not before) he will be finished as a jacket.
Skoula suits up for the CBJ tonight per Puck-Rakers.
I'm hoping to watch the game via streaming tonight, if so Skoula will be my #1 interest. Of all the posts about him from helpful fello fans outside of the Jacket world the one concern I have is his reluctance to use his large frame in a physical way. It goes beyond Hitch hockey, we need our bigger guys to use their size.
I'm hoping he has two good games, if not I'm hoping Howson keeps a close eye on the waiver wire..
Here I was fearing a guy who would expect a one-way deal for 7 figures and would turn his nose up to a two-way deal because he's played so long & only missed 14 games. Yet he's open minded & would be OK with the possibility of being sent down.
edit- from Hitch:
"The thing that he brings to our team, which is significant, is the ability to evade the first forechecker and get the puck out of the zone," Hitchcock said. "When he's on the ice, we don't spend much time in our own zone, which is exactly what the (coaching staff) in Minnesota told us about him
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I didn't notice much from him, which I guess is good and bad....the good was he didn't make any bad plays out there...the bad was that he's a big body that doesn't use it to gain leverage on the offensive guy coming down the ice....sooooo....yeah, that's all I have...
I wished we would have kept him AND gotten Stralman.
This is what I was hoping.
"Every game, every point is a necessity." -- Ty Conklin, January 2007
"I'll have a chance to compete for the post of first issue. This is the most important thing." -- Sergei Bobrovsky, June 2012
I'm sure they'll play Skoula when they meet us, motivation matters.
I think the Jackets are thinking long term. Moore should be up next year and they figure that at 23 Stralman has a bigger upside. If he improves enough Howson will nail his contract down, and with Moore and the developing Russell we'll have three puck-moving defensemen, so each line can have a guy with the chops to make that killer first pass.