He's big, can move guys out at times, will block shots, and the right hand option will come in handy.
He's slow, might disdain to use the body at times, and is definitely a short term option in my mind.
We really have to look at the market, what teams paid, and who got dealt. I'm OK with the Grossman and Kubina moves because we didn't move the roster.
I see it that we got some great NHL experience in for Bourdon and Gustafsson, and they may be future factors in the lineup. As it is, for them to be called up wouldn't be nearly as painful as watching Krajicek, Parent, and Bartulis give us those untrustworthy minutes and the lack of defensive depth that ultimately might have been the biggest factor in not winning the Cup.
I'm seeing Grossman, to extend the answer, as a guy who can make mistakes positionally which I can forgive because his instinct is to take the body for rub outs. He's a little iffy with the puck and that hurts but with a steady partner maybe he can be eased out of the panic clears. I might consider having him back next year.
So, we needed vets, and none of the players that were dealt made me jealous.
I have to say, I caved in last week since the Jets were in the race, paid for their channel, and been watching. I expect the Flyers to make the playoffs every year. I did not, and probably still do not, expect the Jets to make it and that seems to make that much more exciting. I was right into the game tonight. For a guy like Thorburn to score like he did and for the Jets to cool off red hot Buffalo was testimony to their ability to make this a real race.
On the downside I wonder how Burmistrov will fare when caught matched against the Sedins later this week, as well as the pair of Hainsey and Clitsome (good debut) as they get tested on the road. I think the team is better off now than earlier in the year, but still they have a bad record on the road and I do not believe they have won once on the back half of a back to back, where the Calgary game sits this week.
I am shocked at how good a player Blake Wheeler is. I really thought he was a bust coming into the year but he is easily the best forward on the team.
Sadly the best defenseman, Bogosian, came back for one game and now out a week. Enstrom is good. Stuart capable defensively. Bogosian can do it all. If it were him to be traded for a guy like JVR I'd accept it. Byfuglien gives up odd man rushes constantly. I put the over/under at 3.5 before the game last night and he actually only did it once.
I sure hope they do make the playoffs. The city will be even more nuts that it is. I assume it would mean to play the NYR and since I hate them it would be cool to cheer for the big upset. I almost wouldn't want Philly and Wpg to play because the tickets would be stupid to get and I'd feel burnt if I didn't get in. heh heh
I don't expect it though. That Vancouver game will be tough. Calgary is desperate. Dallas is playing well. They'll have to win in Pittsburgh, Washington, Tampa, Florida, and Nashville, or a good portion, to make the playoffs. It's good because they play directly against the teams vying for the spot 6 more times. They need to be at least 10-5 for the rest of the year...and seven of those are against current playoff teams. 10 on the road.
It would be amazing if they could do it.
Back to team number one...I really am thinking sixth place is probably best for the Flyers. I'd much rather play Florida, Winnipeg, Tampa, or Washington over the Tankers or Devils in the first round. Still living day to day with the wins and losses until it settles though.
We'll see how Kubina keeps up with Detroit. One good thing about the two D missing is that there is no excuse now to run and gun and not have a team defensive structure. Not that there ever was, but I like the direction of the last game all the same.
Posted on Mar 6, 2012, 5:41 AM from IP address 126.96.36.199