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In Topic: Datsyuk Announcement to Officially Leave NHL

23 June 2016 - 07:55 AM

reference to finishing top 3 I think was with respect to draft order


In Topic: Datsyuk Announcement to Officially Leave NHL

21 June 2016 - 09:49 AM

Healthy ankle or not, I wouldn't hold out hope of him coming back later, 1) it's not going to happen, 2) he'll be that much older and father time has an unbeaten record.  While his was never the quickest player, he still needed enough quickness to be effective....that simply declines over time, as well as stickhandling and reflexes.  Some players are built to play longer while others are not....can be simply based on the player themselves, but there's also a lot to the type of game the player has played.  Take Jagr for example....he's a big guy, lots of reach, wasn't good because of his speed, he was good because of his size and skill (rare combination).  Again, while speed wasn't the most important, slow foot speed hurts everyone. He's not great 5 on 5 anymore and certainly isn't very effective in playoffs anymore.

 

Could Datysuk still be effective in certain situations?  Sure, but too much to expect he'll be able to play an all around game....but again, the  most important thing to remember is....there's no chance of him coming back, so no point worrying about it


In Topic: Datsyuk Announcement to Officially Leave NHL

19 June 2016 - 08:35 PM

To me, it would be totally different if he was retiring from hockey, but's he's not.  Ankle is obviously fine...he's going to continue playing. His ankle has ZERO to do with this.


In Topic: Datsyuk Announcement to Officially Leave NHL

18 June 2016 - 12:45 PM

I said it before, but I'll say it again, I can't help but be bothered by the fact he isn't playing out the contract.  I suspect it will actually end up helping the team as they'll probably get out of this and be able to use the cap space, but we're not there yet...should have been easier.


In Topic: 2016 SCF: San Jose Sharks vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

14 June 2016 - 09:19 AM

Thornton is still a pretty good player and it makes total sense too.  His game has never been based on speed, so there is no reason why he couldn't operate at a fairly high level.  Similar situation with Jagr.  Jagr had a bit more speed, but no one would have thought of him as fast or that being an asset to his game.  Lidstrom was similar in that he didn't decline dramatically, was more of a slow decline, largely because his game was less focused on speed and physicality.  He was going to decline, everyone does, but it's wasn't as dramatic as you tend to see with other types of players.

 

It will be interesting to see how Ovechkin's career goes late into his 30's since he's the type of player I'd expect to decline quicker than others if my theory holds up.