Sammy was a good acquisition at the time. It certainly seems that two years and $2m/per would have made better sense. Or even 1yr.
There was no adjustment phase, as he's been a wing before obviously and therefore knows the systems.
A right-handed shot we needed for the power play point.
Swede background with Canadian light edge.
He's actually done well this year. I used to worry every time he got the puck, but now he is much more composed and makes pretty good passes and pretty good decisions. Certainly has more patience with the puck than Tafar for example.
He is a versatile depth signing. He can play third line grinder, be plugged into the second or even first-line in a pinch, and be plugged into fourth line minutes.
It wasn't a bad acquisition, it was just the contract itself that was poor.
You can respect someone while still questioning there job performance.
It's because I respect them so much that I am holding them accountable, I'm holding their feet to the fire.
We haven't seen a horrible run like this in almost 25 years. You've got to expect some backlash from the faithful.
Our team stands at a precipice: we can hurl ourselves into the void and have confidence to make the bold moves which include adding the right youth, and making the one or two trades that put us right back into the elit; Or we can be timid and afraid to make these moves, and hold on too long to players who gave us their all and have nothing left to giver, and watch this team fall out of contention for years to come.
You are right: we are not that far from Cup contention. But you are wrong if you don't see how easily we can deviate from that direction by holding on to long to mediocre depth veterans that have nothing left to give
Bertuzzi is effective up there. That may defy logic to some people solve he's "old and slow" but it is what it is. Our top line is set.
In his case it's because he keeps the puck moving fast with his great passing or he's protecting it like a mama bear, which all mostly nullifies his lack of speed.
The guy has the incredible vision, instincts, and skills to line w 13 & 40 as opposed to Abby who just quite didn't have enough .
Plus he adds a major bit of gruff to that line: guys are still intimidated by the old bear.
Tatar is scratched for tomorrow. Cleary is back in....
No one has supported Babcock and Holland more than me, but its starting to piss me off.
When Weiss returns slot him into the 3rd line between nyquist and Tatar until AllStar break to get the system down. Could prove to be a great third line during that period, then we have three pretty good lines for a change.
I honestly think our entire issue would be solved if we had another high quality hard working top 6 winger to play on the second line with Weiss and Alfie. Franzen isn't that guy. Nyquist could be. Or we could trade for someone. We just don't have enough high quality top 6 players in our top 6.
Agreed. He COULD be...but no.
I do think we need a top Puck moving Dman to really put us into serious contention.
Was it Talon who recently said "Our better players need to be better or we'll get better players" ?