Holland should have got a legit top line winger in the offseason. We already have two of the best centers in the league. Dats and Z play better apart anyway. I am still surprised that they think its a good idea to play them together.
I'm sorry but two things here.
1. There was no top line winger available, the best options were what we got.
2. Zetterberg is having the best start of his career and Datsyuk has been over a point per game, how exactly do they play better apart?
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.
The reason I ask is because I believe the CHL/AHL transfer agreement is in bad need of revision because it causes situations like this. Mantha would be, in my mind, better served playing in the AHL where he can play against better talent and adjust to a game against adults with more of an NHL pace.
I thought Sammy actually had a pretty good game tonight. I'd like him off the point on the PP and I wouldn't shed any tears if we got him to waive his no trade clause but I'd much rather cut Cleary loose than Sammy.
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