Sounds like McCollum is on the outs in GR then....with Mrazek the obvious starter and next in line behind Howard (once Monster is gone) it looks like Holland is solidifying his G spot ( pun intended) in GR.... without searching for this cat, what have we learned about him already?
Don't forget about Jake Patterson who should have been the starting goalie for Canada in the WJC if not for the overhype of that dink Subban.
The Rangers are a classic case of underachieving. Brad Richards has looked like s*** all year and Callahan needs to be more of a presence. It is kinda funny though WRT Nash being unlucky. He's tasted playoffs all of once and he has no interest in them again so he told the Rangers to suck epically so their summer is longer.
I'd be surprised it they gave it names that had anything to do with hockey traditions. Bettman is all about making the game easier to understand and more generic. So I'm guessing more like West, Central, etc.
Though they'll need to come up with something creative to explain the idiocy of Tampa and the Panthers being in the same division as Ottawa and Montreal instead of with Carolina.
I could just smell the NHL selling out hard and giving the divisions awesome corporate names. Tampax, Charmin, Huggies and Vagasil would go really good with half the arena names. I want royalties for my idea.
Happy that Detroit will be in the east next year. However, we're gonna need to get significantly harder to play against over the offseason in order to play against teams like Boston and Philadelphia.
Or we can be even more injured than usual when our guys get murdered along the boards.
It's not so much that Sammy and Tuzzi play big and hit a lot, is that their more adept on the cycle holding guys off with their bigger frames. That's the main reason they last in the top 6 is that they're hard to get the puck off of. That's also one of the main things that Nyquist needs to get better at to be more effective at the NHL level. Sammy and Tuzzi are also .5 ppg players and that's not too bad. They're both likely on their last contract with the Wings too, and if Tuzzi wants to retire cause of his back then Holland can use an amnesty buyout and not feel bad about it.
Like I stated earlier, when other players slump in scoring, they still bring their 100% effort and contribute in other ways...Zetterberg and Datsyuk setting up goals, shutting down opposing teams top lines and Abby being what he is a grinder and drawing penalties and throwing his body around...when Franzine slumps, he brings nothing else to the ice....especially effort.
You always know where he's been on the ice though. You ever see the green slime that slugs leave when they travel to and fro?
By page 3 all threads lead to Franzen.
By the 3rd you expect him to float in and and give us something to talk about. Page 3/Period 3...same dif.
Realistically, Brunner wouldn't be a bad idea on the 3rd line for a bit....when Helm returns and you can have both of them tearing around the ice together. Brunner may be able to get better open ice shots when the opposition gets mesmorized by Helm's speed.