So the league leader in points this year was Jamie Benn, with a whopping 87 points. Ovechkin led the league in goals with 53. Only two other players even hit 40 goals! Only 15 players hit 30 goals.
I know this is the era of butterfly, oversized pad goaltending, but this can't be what Bettman and company want to see. You'd think all the top players in the league spent the season overseas when you look at these stats atop the leaderboards.
Oh and only 16 players hit 100+ PIM, with only 4 of those players hitting 150+ PIM. I can't imagine that happening any other time in a full season in the modern era.
To sum up, this "new NHL" has no scoring and no fighting. I guess if you're a fan of big goalies swallowing up pucks, you'll love today's game.
Oh I almost forgot. There's parity, so that makes everything more fun to watch, despite the fact that nobody scores, hits or fights. Parity is what really counts here folks.
There's a flaw in your reasoning. Just because there's less 30 and 40 goal scorers doesn't necessarily mean there's less scoring. To me, it means the defensive side of the has improved so that teams have learned to neutralize stars so that they can't rack up the goals.
You'd have to look total league-wide goals scored to see if scoring is up or down. I found this chart for average goals per game:
It actually shows that scoring has been pretty steady. Especially for the past 5 years. This current period is actually up from 97-03. 05-09 was a bit higher. After 1996 is the point where scoring dropped off significantly. Since then, it's been down, up then settled between the two levels. It doesn't fit so well into your "league is becoming less and less exciting" argument.
I'll leave the analysis to everyone else - me I'm just glad to see a little accountability here. Nobody on this team should see their job as a given, not matter what their age or salary. Way overdue.
That's a crock. Cleary and Samuelsson took roster spots away from more deserving players for years.
Way overdue means that it hasn't been the case in past years (i.e. Cleary, Sammuelsson). So he is basically saying the same thing as you. This year there has been more accountability. Ask Brendan Smith and Kindl.
We should be able to re-sign him to a relatively cheap/short term contract that we can always bury on ir if need be.
Even if he's medically good to go, and just not playing well, I'd imagine the majority of his $ would be in some sort of bonus for performance, or reliant on games played.
But if he comes back and hasn't slowed down, we have a cheap, speedy, versatile forward that can score 20 goals while providing that veteran leadership the wings brass loves in spades.
The only potential downside is it keeps a roster spot away from one of the kids...
If everyone (mostly Mule) is healthy, there really isn't room for Cole. Bringing him back, to me, would make Pulkkinen and Jurco the extra forwards, which I wouldn't want.
Then again, if Mule's health is questionable or we trade Weiss, I'm all for bringing back Cole if he's cheap and healthy.
Edit: just reread your post and realized you basically said the same thing with your "only potential downside is it keeps a roster spot away from one of the kids..." Guess we just disagree if that a good or bad thing. I think it's fine if we switch Jurco and Pulks in and out of the line-up, but if they both have to wait for injuries to get in, then that's too much of a roadblock for their success in my opinion.
Agreed. I'm happy they won too, but I'm not sure that formula really maximizes the Wings chances of winning games against teams that aren't Carolina. Having your 4th line play more minutes than anyone else is really pushing your luck. Realistically, what other coach would do that in a playoff race? They might be fine defensively, though the Red Wings struggle to score goals at even strength, so why should Miller be out there more than Pavel Datsyuk?
It might be a slight aberration of nearly 19 minutes, but again the Wings only took one penalty last night and Glendening's line still ended up with that much ice time. They are still fairly consistently around 15 minutes otherwise most games. Just another curious personnel decision by Babcock -- he continuously has these obsessions with certain players.
Pavel had a great night, but he's obviously injured since he was a game-time decision. They were probably managing his minutes so that he didn't play too much.
We've been pretty sloppy with turnovers and defensive lapses. Miller and Glendening are great on the defensive side. 1st line was full of injuries, 2nd line (Tats, Nyquist) have players that have caused a lot of recent turnovers. 3rd line wasn't great last night (though Weiss had that amazing setup to Z on the PP). With all that in mind, 4th line played basic, defensively sound hockey (what we've needed recently) and were really solid so they played more than usual.