In the last week or so, there have been really only 3 higher end trades made and all of them include Pittsburgh.
If there was one team that DIDN'T need to make a move, it was probably Pittsburgh.
He has added one big defenseman and two long time captains and what has he given up? One top prospect (none of their top 5 prospects) and crap picks. NO roster players given up.
Ray Shero is the best GM in hockey. Granted Sidney Crosby fell into his lap and if the 04-05 lockout didn't happen Crosby most likely would have been drafted somewhere else, but that is a different argument.
Although he hasn't been completely atrocious, every time he pinches, look out.
The scariest plays with Ian White are the ones where he is the guy that needs to keep the puck in the zone at the blueline. Twice in the game Sunday he found himself in that spot and twice he gave up a 2 on 1. If he fails at that spot, he lacks the athleticism to recover.
Nyquist might be our trade deadline acquisition. Holland may be wanting to see what Nyquist can do before deciding to pull the trigger on a trade that has us lose some assets. Why this didn't happen earlier is anybody's guess.
Tatar got sent down probably because Nyquist will fill a similar role. Anderson wouldn't get sent down because he's on the 4th line, and Nyquist will probably fill Tatar's presence. I don't think it's a knock on Tatar, but we (unfortunately) can't send down Abdelkader or Cleary or someone like that instead.
They can sit their ass down just like White because they play like s***.
There's no denying that. The problem is Tatar can be sent down without a risk of losing him where as Cleary and Abdelkader cannot. Don't get me wrong, I'd prefer if Tatar wasnt sent down either but it is what it is.
For me, the way I see it shaking out is the lines I posted above, then when Fil comes back he can slot in with Zetterberg - Brunner, which pushes Abs down to the 3rd line.
I think the fact that Babcock shuffled the lines so drmatically against CBJ means we may actually see Nyquist in the top 6. Although Tatar has been great in his call up the last couple of games I felt he really didn't take care of the puck as well as he could have. I think that plays into Babcock's reluctance to put Tatar on Pav's line. Either way, I think Tatar played his way onto this team and it's just a matter of time until he is a permanent fixture. Here's hoping Nuqist excels too.
Abdelkader - Zetterberg - Brunner
Franzen - Datsyuk - Nyquist
Cleary - Andersson - Eaves
Miller - Emmerton - Tootoo
I understand your reasoning. I just wish that applied to everyone on this team and that the guys with seniority were not exempt from that.
Dan Cleary can't skate. He can't shoot. He gets the puck stripped from him.
Everytime he or Abby fumbles a pass from Pav, I want to throw up.
Hawks are looking good. It's not so much thinking about the record streak, it's when you ask yourself who the hell is gonna take these guys down in a 7 game series at this point?? if LA plays like they did last year in the playoffs, that would probably be a WCF and a damn entertaining one. St. Louis was my early pick, but injuries and inconsistent play and goaltending knocked them off that mantle.
I really don't like saying this, but it seems that this team is playing in the right division and the right conference in order to do what they're doing.
I don't think they have this record if they had to play LA/Anaheim/Phoenix more often. Or if they had to play Vancouver more.
They definitely wouldn't have this record if they played in the Atlantic or Northeast divisions.
Most of their games are against teams that can't really come close to matching up skill wise: Nashville can't score, we can't score, St. Louis can't defend or score this year, and Columbus is Columbus. Right place at the right time....