He has played better this season than anyone expected, but many of us are frustrated that he doesn't use his body more often and goes for stretches where he seems to be floating out there.
The key with him is consistency and being a physical presence. He doesn't always give us those things, and we ask for them because he's bigger than any other forward that we have.
I know his skill set has dropped off, but I remember in Vancouver he was known for crushing the opposition with Lindros-like forechechecking. I can't remember him crushing anyone this season with a hit.
People always bring up the Moore incident, but I don't see what that has to do with him not being as physical anymore. There's certainly a fine line between playing physical and doing what he did to Moore.
I'm glad that he's scoring, but he's got the size that none of our other forwards have, and I want to see him uze it, because that would make us a harder team to play against.
Completely agree with you I do. He used to be a mean SOB in the corners, on the forecheck and along the boards. Now it seems like he's afraid to really HIT anyone, I'm not sure if he's worried about getting injured or if his balls fell off or what, but it would be nice to see him crush a few people with that 240lb frame of his. His skating definitely has taken a step back from his Vancouver days but he could still work guys over on the boards and in the corners if he wanted to. He's done better than I expected, but still hasn't sold me on re-signing him next year. I guess we'll see as the playoffs move on if he picks up the physical play and becomes more of a hunter rather than always being the hunted. We have enough little white rabbits out there getting crushed against the boards, what we really need are a few guys to become predators and initiate - Stuart, Kronner, Cleary, Ericcson, Lilja, Abby, Bert, Mule - we are talking to YOU.