Before Babs decided to shut Ozzie down forever he had fantastic games against Calgary, Boston and San Jose, he looked like he was getting back into his groove. Since then he has 1 win and hasnt started a game at home since November 27th (Why is that relevant? He's 2-6-2 on the road with a 3.71 GAA and .868 sv%..). He finally had a good period in the 3rd today, but wont see action again this year. Honestly, if this is how Babcock is going to manage goalies, then no Osgood cant come back next year.
Right, in his first year in the league this year, Babcock has really shown that he has no idea how to handle two potential starter goalies.
I think in that article the example was drew miller who makes 525,000 per year. The maximum $7,500 is only 1.4% of that.
I'm not defending it and I think it's a horrible tax, but the word "unconstitutional" gets thrown around way too much. Like the fools who think the new health care bill is unconstitutional. It just bugs me.
And since I KNOW that you're just going to say (if you even reply to me at all, frankly I find it unlikely) that Flip's 8 points in 3 games came from playing with Z, something that Hudler never did. Well, here are the facts.
In the meantime, just as a point of reference, Jiri Hudler in 2008-09, beginning the year at 24, scored 57 points in 82 games playing on either the third or fourth line all year, usually with unskilled linemates.
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Filppula has shown he can produce offensively in a secondary role, but he won't ever be any more than that. Sorry to pop your bubble. Flip will peak at 45-55 points and probably produce that kind of level for a few years during his prime, but he simply doesn't have the talent or the potential to be the kind of offensive force Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Hossa, Hudler are. Hudler, OTOH, could be a consistent PPG player if/when he returns. He's got all the offensive ability, he's got offensive IQ better than all but a few players in the world, and all he needs, a bit more speed, a bit more ice time, and maybe a linemate who is better than Kirk Maltby.[/font]
Eva you are so incredibly biased. Hudler played with the same teammates last year as Filppula, and he had 5 times the PP time Flip did (Playing on the PP with Hossa/Zetterberg/Franen). STOP WITH THIS FOURTH LINE HUDLER CRAP. The FACT is, Filppula had the EXACT same points per minute ES with the SAME skill of line mates. You could even make the argument that Filppula's would be HIGHER than Hudler's if Flip didn't play in all situations (ie in the last minutes of a game where you're not trying to score).