The Big Buff type

- May 27th, 2010

If Senators goalie Mike Brodeur were a GM, he’d do what he could to land Graham Mink.

A 6-foot-3, 220-pound winger with the Rochester Americans, the just-turned 31-year-old winger reminds Brodeur of his good friend Dustin Byfuglien.

“I think he’s the most effective player I’ve ever played against, the way he screens the goalie on the power play and positions himself,” said Brodeur. “It’s nearly impossible to see around him.

“He’s the kind of guy I’d love to have on our team.”

Mink , a native of Stowe, Vt., scored 20 goals and 17 assists last season. He went to the University of Vermont and was never drafted. He scored more than 30 goals in 2006-07 (with the Worcester Sharks) and in 2008-09 (with the Hershey  Bears). He’s played a total of seven NHL games, all with the Washington Capitals, but has not registered a point.

Not sure of his contract status with the Florida Panthers, the parent club of the Amerks, but he’s likely available. Sounds like a guy the Senators should take a gamble on.

They sure could use a guy like Big Buff in front of the net on power plays, if not in Ottawa then at the very least in Binghamton.

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6 comments

  1. Nancy D says:

    meh…..there’s a major speed difference between the AHL and NHL. You have to wonder why no one has taken a chance on the guy in 13 years.

    That said, I’m sure there are few hidden gems in the A. But honestly, at this point I’d rather spend our dollars on younger guys with potential. 31 is pretty old (hockeywise, anyways).

  2. Pav says:

    Nancy I am with you. Any chance Murray pulls out a trade with the CHI to get Byfuglien?

    Oh one can wish!

    Hey Dan Murphy, hows that drink coming along with you, me and the grumpy old man?

  3. Chris Little says:

    Agreed. Just because a second rate AHL goalie tries to hype a buddy of his doesn’t mean there’s any merit to the story. I guess things are slow in the hockey world until the cup starts, lol

    Although with Murray’s poor GMing, I wouldn’t be shocked to see this guy get a multi-year deal.

  4. BobbyG says:

    Big Buff is OK but I cannot believe all the hype. He has a big body, has a big shot and that is it. He is very fortunate to be in Chicago! To me, he clearly lacks passion and cannot be counted on to consistently perform like I see in players like Toews, Richards and others. Big Buff showed up in his first professional year weighing in at over 270 lbs. He has gone many games without giving an effort and can disapear in important games. For such a big guy he isn’t physical and certainly not intimidating.

  5. don.brennan says:

    Chris … Merit to the story?

    It wasn’t really a story but rather just a little tidbit Brodeur had mentioned that I found interesting. Thought I’d share it.

    But I didn’t write they’re buddies – Brodeur and Mink don’t even know each other personally, as far as I’ve gathered. And I’m not ready to write Brodeur off as a “second rate AHL goalie” until I see him flop in the NHL. In the NHL, he’s been great. Some guys play at a different level in a higher league. It’s possible he could be one of those “gems” Nancy refers to. Maybe not, but he could be.

  6. Visitor says:

    Enough 30 year olds already.
    This is a young man’s league and our locals are getting long in the tooth.
    We need more 20-25 year olds with speed to burn, not more career AHLers with lead-footed skates.

    Have a great summer.

    P.S. Brodeur had an .889 SP% in the AHL and was hardly a star. Like Matt Carkner, he’s playing in Ottawa because he’s the only thing we can afford.

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