Mrazek MAY have overplayed that goal, too, but e damn sure would have tried to get back into position. Howard usually just drifts. Plus, Mrazek sees the ice better and aggressive or not probably wouldn't have fallen for it. Mrazek has the athleticism that allows him to be unorthodox.
Haha one bad goal, a couple of great saves and people are already calling for an unproven guy, who basically scrapped the bed since new year. Green was the best player on the ice would be nice, if he could show up like that more often.
Mrazek isn't exactly unproven. He dominated Tampa in the playoffs last year, then dominated most of the season this year. Since his rough patch (which was really only a handful of games according to a poster here who broke down that stretch) he hasn't had a chance to regain his footing. Blashill pulled him multiple times after letting in like two goals early. For a young kid you need to let him work out the kinks during those types of games. I mean, Howard also gave up chunks of bad goals during the end of the season and rarely (if ever?) got pulled.
I wouldn't say Mrazek is unproven at all, just that his track record isn't as long as Howard's. The problem is, Howard's track record is not a winning one in the playoffs. Now we all know Howard will start Game 2 and it's not necessarily a bad thing, but I hope Blashill has him on as short a leash as he had Mrazek, because we won't win for long with Howard.
Not to mention that simply style of play Mrazek would help us win more than Howard. His ability to move the puck is like having a third defenseman back there and could really help our speed game. Not to mention, as others have mentioned, his ability to track the puck and move laterally is far superior to Howard.
TL;DR, Howard isn't terrible, but we won't win much with him, and Mrazek has a proven track record of excellence but hasn't been given much of a chance to rebound from a small sample of games where he struggled. Mrazek's style of play will help us more than Howard's, too. Take the chance on the kids, the vets aren't working.
Wasn't Stamkos a no show last year in the playoffs?
I don't know about the playoffs as a whole but he was definitely a no-show against the Wings.
It'd be neat if Smith was in over Ericsson, but considering it's never going to happen I'm going to stop even suggesting it. As far as tonight? Joakim Andersson brought A LOT guys.
Where did this Smith love come from? Do we really need Smith taking four unnecessary minors during the game? Or smoothly handling the puck....straight to a Tampa stick?
It was more than a week or two of mediocre play. It was a month and a half of the worst play of any starter in the league.
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Which translates into a handful of games, several of which he was pulled. In my opinion he probably shouldn't have been pulled some of those games. I'd trust Mrazek to return to form because of his short track record than I would Howard, whose track record isn't very good in between rare stints of above average play.
This team won't win with Howard. Team has no confidence with him behind them. Iif we are going to go down, at least let it be with our goalie of the future.
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Also the goalie who stonewalled Tampa last year. Mrazek must be terrible in practice because I do t see why a week or two of mediocre play dooms our franchise goalie of the future to the bench. Relying on the vets this series isn't going to win it.
I love how you make it sound so easy to pawn off a 7.5 million dollar contract. No one is going to take it. You can't bury money anymore with nothing to show for it even if you need to get to the floor. Life changes, Pav for personal or professional reasons is going home 1 year short of fulfilling his contract. Being the class act that he is he already admitted he should've signed 1 year deals instead of a 3 year contract. His 7.5 million was already allocated for next year so it has no bearing on what we could/would be able to afford but i'm not naive not to admit that extra 7.5 would basically give us unlimited Stamkos money. Fire Holland? Cmon man. Attempt to be semi rational.
Many, many people have already posited how the contract could be traded. I don't know why you think it's so impossible and unlikely. Even some of the bloggers and hockey writers have posited the same scenarios. The one that pops up the most is Phoenix with the Pronger contract. It'd be a better deal for them because they would end up with a cap hit without paying out actual money.
Jeez, they really hate Mantha, don't they? Holland can be so damn condescending sometimes.
I just looked at Jurco's NHL career stats. He's basically declined each year. He's the definition of a plug out there. Serviceable as a warm body but not doing anything to help. Andersson is the same. He can PK because he can't skate the whole ice. Blashill is obsessively defensive. His only tweaks are to bring a player on to help us play PK, not a player to help our PP score.
I've never been so frustrated with this franchise. I really hope we're not about to go down in humiliation.
Just seems all the kids besides Larkin are taking a step back and it's frustrating to me personally , this as a golden opportunity for mantha to learn while pavel is here and gain huge playoff experience
If everyone thinks this season was tough just you guys wait till pavel is gone and un experienced mantha steps in full time with possibly guys like nosek,ouellet,sproul,pulkkinen and god knows who else
It's gonna be Armageddon around here next season
For all the crap people have given him, including myself, Tatar ended up doing okay. He's frustrating to watch, and I would never build the offense around him, but his stat line isn't astronomically worse than it was, and since everyone has had a worse year I'd be loathe to single him out. There's clearly something deeper going on, whether it's coaching or certain players, but once that gets fixed I'd like to see what certain players like Tatar can do. I certainly don't expect next season to be as bad as this one, provided we get a replacement for Datsyuk.
But back on topic, to Mantha: I don't care about his defensive liability. The fact is we need to score, and can't win a tightly played playoff series with no offense. And Andersson didn't exactly save the team from being scored on three times yesterday, either.
We need speed, skating and offense, because we're honestly not going super deep this year. Professionals like Blashill and Holland should be able to recognize this fact and realize now is the time to take a risk. Mantha needs playoff experience. It's not like he's single handedly costing us goals against. Let him play and learn from his mistakes, coach him into being a better defensive player. He's not going to cost us this series, and his offense (not yet figured out by opposing teams) might be something that could turn the scales in our favor.
EDIT: I think Nyquist and Larkin have set the bar too high for our prospects, too. It's like, if you don't score 25-30 your first season, you're "not ready."
This all is what it is. Pavel shouldnt have signed a contract he didnt intend on seeing through..That said he has had a beautiful career and I certainly as a father cannot judge him for wanting to go home to his daughter.
Thanks Pasha, now give us one last good run!
I think he planned on finishing the contract originally, but his ankle surgery changed things. Now he probably feels like he's on borrowed time and wants to be able to play in Russia without being unable to contribute.