What Smith are you talking about? Surely not the one who had two interference calls against him and a load of turnovers. If Dekeyser were healthy tomorrow Brendan Smith would be in the press box until someone got hurt or training camp started.
Yeah that 03-04 season was terrible. What with his 31 wins, 2.24 goals against average, and .910 save percentage. Just awful.
Hes their Osgood. Put him on a team that isn't as dominate, I think hes a middle tier goalie, but, with their team in front of him he doesn't really have to steal games, just make a few big saves, and then be solid and they do the rest.
This is getting lame. Put ANY player on a worse team and their numbers will decrease. You don't think Patrick Roy would suffer if he played for a garbage team?
Yeah I have no idea where this guy's offense is coming from, but I hope he keeps it up. I'll readily admit that I never liked him, and have given him tons of s*** over the years. So this is definitely egg on my face. But I'll gladly be wrong when it comes to something like this. Dare I say...he plays like a...power forward?
I might be in the minority here, but I thought Sammy looked fine last night. I loved Bert and Eaves too. I generally look for any excuse I can to complain about Mikael Samuelsson being on this team, but for a first game back I thought he looked good. Also, as good as Bert was all game, I really like him out with Andersson and Nyquist. I was almost impossible to get the puck from him and Andersson on the cycle.
Anyway, they all looked good and I've give them all another game in the lineup.
I don't think it's a matter of Eaves OR Tootoo. They both should be playing. You need Eaves because he kills penalties and Tootoo doesn't. But there's really no reason to play anyone else on the opposite wing other than Tootoo. Eaves-Emmy-Tootoo. Nuff said. Then put Bert or Sammy up with Dats and Z.
That Orpick hit is perfect. Lateral force. Exploding up is dumb.
I'm trying to tell ya. And the thing to take from it is, it accomplished everything it was supposed to WHILE AT THE SAME TIME not injuring anyone. He imposed himself physically, he separated the man from the puck, he broke up the rush AND he didn't injure anyone. That's exactly how you should be hitting in any era, past or present.
All y'all need to stop living in the past with demanding retribution/explanation/etc. for the Weber hit.
Yes, it was a bad non-call, non-suspension, Shannywithhisheadinhisass kind of situation.
...and I love PainTrain as much as the next guy, but he gone. He ain't coming back.
I'm pissed at Abby. He's been playing well, been a good presence on the ice and then crosses the line and does something REALLY unnecessary.
Abby's hit was questionable and he compounded the issue by both exploding upwards into the hit (and in turn leaving his feet during impact) and extending his arms. Keep your s*** in tight and rock the body, you got yourself a clean hit...
OR DO YOU?
More than anything else:
I want a more coherent explanation of the Gryba on Eller hit. It's topical. It's current.
It's going to be a video comparison we see over and over and over moving forward. ...and I still think it's clean as a bar of Irish Spring.
The video shown in the Shanaban explanation shows that initial point of contact is the chest and shoulder area. To me, it's clear. Impact is chest/sternum, glancing head, glancing right shoulder. It's unfortunate that hitting the ice opened up Eller's precious face, but c'mon Shanny this is grasping...
You say Eller is eligible to be hit, but then quantify it with nonsense!!
I don't even understand what "taking the wrong route" means or "enough of a full body check."
He doesn't explode upwards. He doesn't extend a shoulder, elbow, or fore-arm.
Get out your protactor, t-squares, and level to measure the angle of body checks folks... This is what it's come to.
Yeah, pretty much. Downey / McCarty / Drake / Tootoo... these kinds of players not only bring grit (Drake the least) but they bring and inspire passion. I doubt any player would have dared to smash Z's head against the glass if we had a proper enforcer. I want to see Tootoo get matched against the top Ducks line after they start getting rowdy for the sole purpose of demolishing one of them with a big hit... he's due for one, and it's a good of time as any!
Goes without saying that Dats and Z > Getzlaf and Perry, so what's the deciding factor in this series? Can Abby shutdown Ryan? Will our second line out perform theirs? Goalies? How well the young kids respond to the added playoff pressure.
All the headlines are talking about the matchup of the star forwards, but I think this series is decided by everything other than what Dats, Z, Perry, and Getzlaf do.