You mustn't have watched many of his games with much attention.
I hate Joe Thornton but he has been by far their best player since Round 1. He seemed to be the only player with an ounce of passion in him in the last game. You wanna point fingers?? Heatley and Marleau. They've been extra pathetic. But Joe Thornton has been much improved in these playoffs.
Seriously guys. You can't base an opinion solely on stats.
First, Dave Nonis took himself out of the running for the general manager position with the Lightning. Now, it appears Steve Yzerman is out of the mix, as well. Nonis signed a two-year extension with the Toronto Maple Leafs earlier this week. According to several sources, TFP has learned that Yzerman has turned down the opportunity to become the GM of the Bolts.
Several reports indicate former Minnesota Wild GM Doug Risebrough is also believed to be a candidate for the post, though one source suggests he may also be out of the picture.
The Tampa Tribune reported yesterday that current TSN analyst Pierre McGuire is among the other contenders up for the job.
Once a new GM is named, the Lightning will begin their search for a new head coach.
Great news! I really hope he can be Detroit's GM one day. He'll have to be patient though.
Anyway, some interesting little facts from the post:
The evil, useless, hopless -- Brett Lebda: Believe it or not, Brett Lebda is actually a plus player with Jimmy Howard in net. The often-criticized Illinoisan is a pretty respectable +7 with Howard, but -6 with Osgood. When you take into account the minutes he plays for the Wings, +7 is comparable to even his best teammates.
At least Val Filppula likes you, Ozzie: With Chris Osgood as his netminder, Valtteri Filppula is a rare Wing with a net gain -- the other two being Kirk Maltby and Drew Miller. Miller has enjoyed Osgood's company the most with a +4 rating and Fil and Maltby at +2. The curious thing about "Flip" is that in front of "Jimmeh", his play seems to suffer 5 on 5, being on the ice for 7 more goals against than for.
The Numbers don't lie: Osgood is one of the all-time greats, but this season, whether he is to blame or not, the Wings' most important players have been better in front of Howard. When looking ahead to the run to make the playoffs and beyond, it's difficult to ignore these numbers:
Forsberg has in fact been playing fairly consistently. He was out most recently as a precaution, and more importantly it was nothing pertaining to his foot. Despite his injuries he's been playing at well over a ppg this season. I saw him play the other night against Frölunda, and he looked good. At times, very very good. However, the really important thing here is that Foppa really wants to play for his third Gold Medal, it's only eight or so games (he played six in the last Olympics) and playoff Foppa plays until he dies. As the Olympics is only a few games, I'll gladly take my chances with him. Especially since he doesn't have to center a line. He could be used as a pp specialist for all we know.
You make some good points but I have to disagree with the bolded. The entire reason I thought I throw this out there, is because of the 2008 playoffs. He just wasn't able to be healthy. Colorado could replace him on the roster (which obviously didn't help), but Sweden cannot.