Round 2 Picks

- May 1st, 2014

I went 6-for-8 in Round 1. Not bad. Not great. I missed Colorado and I took San Jose. Those were wrong.
Here goes for Round 2.

Boston over Montreal in 5: The only way the Habs stand a chance is to make this one go long. They have to use their speed and try to kill the Bruins that way. Montreal cannot get involved in this one physically. I also like Tuukka Rask right now. I know Carey Price has been excellent. I go with Big Z and the Bee’s.

Pittsburgh over New York in 6: The Penguins had all kinds of issues during Round 1. That’s the way it was for them last spring against the Islanders as well. This one just looks like it will be a slam dunk for the Pens to me. I don’t know why. I guess I just like Henrik Lundqvist a little better than Fleury right now.

West

Chicago over Minnesota in 4: I think the Hawks make short work of Minny. The Wild don’t have a Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews. The Wild don’t have the goaltending. Corey Crawford deserves more respect. Minny might breathe a sigh of relief getting out of Round 1. Just the way I feel.

Anaheim over Los Angeles in 7: This could be epic. Love both these teams. They have great depth and might beat the heck out of each other. I just think Anaheim is ready to get it done. The big factor is Quick. He willed the Kings to victory in the last round. I don’t think there is any question about that.

I will add Don’s soon.

Don’s first pick was Bruins in 4. That’s the last text I received from him.
First, he said 5, then he changed in his mind and got into his Boston pajamas and called the sweep.

Got these from don before the Ranger game last night:
‘m also taking Rangers in six, primarily because of the goaltending. Sid keeps the Penguins around that long, probably.
The Kings are on a roll. And now so is Quick. LA over Anaheim in six
I’m taking Chicago to sweep the Wild.

Bobby could you make your picks please?

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22 comments

  1. KevinF says:

    Boston in 6 could be less, Bruins are not a Bishop less Bolt like team.
    Rangers in 7 Fleurey weakness over trumps Sid and Genos scoring Pens lack depth. Rangers out grind and goaltend them. McDonaugh becomes a star.
    Chicago in 4 Minn no match for champs
    LA in 7 slugfest leaves winner battered and softened up for Hawks.
    NHL gets it’s dream semis Boston-NY, Chicago-LA all games start at noon on Saturdays and Sundays.

  2. OD99 says:

    I was 6-8 too. I took Philly and the Avs.

    This go around I like:

    Bruins – the Habs just aren’t in their league and only a red hot Price could see the Bruins lose the series.

    Pitt – Rangers are playing well but Pitt looks like their big guns are starting to fire.

    Hawks – come on…the Wild can’t take them out

    Toughest one to pick for me and while I would prefer to see the Ducks move on I have to think the Kings have good old Mo Mentum playing for them so LA is my choice.

  3. PaV says:

    Habs in 6 – Habs just seem to have Boston under their thumb.
    Rangers in 7 – Crosby/Malkin lack of production will not change in round 2
    CHI in 5 – what more to say?
    LA in 6 – the confidence is just there.

  4. Mike8888 says:

    Bobby,
    I don’t believe Spezza is gone yet. Re the fan base mistreating him, I don’t buy that at all. It’s just another case of the vocal minority. The Sens aren’t that far off contending. Their young d have more experience and Karlsson will only get better after a bit of an off year due to his injury.

  5. Bobby Goodman says:

    My picks mean squat Bruce; I have been guilty of allowing my heart make the call for many years and this year is no different. I was 3 out of 4 (which was easy to do) in the East and 0 – 4 in the West!

    But hey, I’ll bite:

    Habs in 7 (if they can ignite some passion in Vanek’s game and where the hell was Paccioretti)

    Pens in 6 (even though the Rangers all feel they rejuvinated with Yosemite Sam replaced)

    Hawks (ditto what Davey wrote)

    LA (stop the Getzlaf line and you stop the Ducks and….they have Doughty and Quick)

  6. Bobby Goodman says:

    Mikey, it’s more than a vocal “minority”. Has any other Senator, in their history, been booed in his own barn? Does any player here (or in the entire league) get the abuse on the radio, internet, television or news papers like Spezza gets every year? Did the Coach or GM ever come to his defence?

    He may stay but I would be shocked if he did. The Organization have been intimating he will be gone and their agents (the media) have suggested as much. We will see.

    You suggest the Sens aren’t that far off contending…contending for what exactly? I don’t share your optimism Mikey. Tell me, do you think the team will make it to the post season next year? If they don’t what would you say then…give them another year?

  7. Bobby Goodman says:

    I heard Steve Nash say he want to “iradicate racism” in basketball, it makes for good copy but is akin to a group hug. Sadly, just as it is in civilian life, racism will always be there.

    Many of the high powered NBA elites said they were shocked and angry with the comments made by Sacremento team owner Sterling; they weren’t really. Anyone who was paying attention surely must have known he’s racist and has been for many years (30). He’s been sued for it! Never the less, he had a team, made many gaudy rich, employed multitudes and contributed much to the city of Sacremento. He was recognized with “humanitarian awards”! The Owners are going to vote on whether to force him to sell or not, they may want to think long and hard about this, it will set a very dangerous precident. Can they, should they, force an owner to sell a team for what he may think and say in a private conversation? Certainly Sterling is a an old, senile, randy, sick billionaire but isn’t he a victim here? I strongly suspect he wouldn’t be alone among Owners across all sports and business (FUBU, Disney).

    The PK Subban thing is another sad example and sample of what goes on in society. As a kid playing hockey here in Ottawa, I had team mates who were red, black and white. We heard name calling from the stands (they didn’t need the secuity of the internet). I am not shocked by what goes on. We are exposed to it in music/TV. Famous broadcasters like the clown Charles Barkley is celebrated for his candor but what would happen to Mike Johnson if he called the NHL a “white league” or said that a man of colour was there to meet a quota.

    Does it help that there is Black History Month, Black Musci Awards…or that there is only one American that has a National holiday named after him? Morgan Freeman doesn’t think so and I agree with him! My team mates in Pee Wee just shrugged off the name calling; perhaps they learned that the best way to beat it was to let them know it had no effect. PK could be boiling inside but I suspect he isn’t and I am sure he’s seen/heard it all before as has Weeks, Ward and most certainly Willie O’Rea! Perhaps the best way to fight racism is to not be focussed on differentiation! Perhaps some, not all, could have laughed at Sterling and made him out to be what he truly is, a old fool with a lot of money rather than pretend they are “angry” and “shocked”.

    The media doesn’t help at all. When there is a story that is deemed “topical” and will a attract a gazillion viewers, Networks like CNN will play it to death. Spike Lee, Sharperson and Jackson do what they can to inspire anger rather than calm and sober thought. NBC has an agenda.

    Can we say that Augusta National is race friendly? Should the owners be forced to sell the golf club? It is a sad reality that prejudice exists today so how can we expect that we wont see it in sport?

  8. Bobby Goodman says:

    I was talking to a buddy who is a prominent member and very good golfer at Kanata; he dropped the “strokes saved putting” on me. I asked him what it really meant and lost interest after 10 minutes. I told him, as far as putting goes, I was only interested in number of putts per round (including number of 3 putts), putts made from inside 10 feet and inside 15 feet. The rest to me, is useless. It’s like Major League Baseball: “…he has a 337 batting average, when playing agaisnt the Indians against a left hander (who has command of 4 ptiches), in afternoon games, when the temperature is above 27 degrees celsius with a north-westerly wind blowing at 12 mph or more, and his wife cooks mexican food the night before and………”. Amercans do love their stats, don’t they?! They can be interesting, but most of the time offer nothing really tangible. The CBC folks (they really are amateur hour) are now comfortable citing CORSI numbers. I am not a true believer. In the sport of hockey, 99% of the time, your eyes will tell you all you really need to know and the numbers serve only to confirm it.

    I have to say I hate the way the Habions are playing. It looks like “Katie bar the door” and I never enjoyed watching that style of hockey (pending doom, so play safe). Where is the “fire wagon hockey”? It looks like the Habions are playing a “Boucher-like” game 1-2-1 most of the time and I hate it! I have always believed in “swarming” the opposition! I don’t know what we will see on Teusday but I hope, for entertainment’s sake, they play “hockey”.

    I think “Suckubban” could have a career in TV or Politics when his hockey playing days are over. He is smart, thoughtful and articulate and he handled the “tweeting twits” affair brilliantly. He’s also playing brilliantly. It is ineresting that he can be outstanding in the NHL playoffs but not good enough for Team Canada…go figure. Two other D I really like are playing fantastic hockey as well; last night Letang starred and he is getting better every game. Doughty is another who has been outstanding.

  9. Visitor - Pierre D. says:

    Great hockey points PaV, love when you’re on topic, bravo!
    Bobby, on racism of course it’s prevalent all over. People generally like similar people and cultures and different stuff makes them uncomfortable. When I was doing McJobs in the day there was a Somali and Nigerian at our post (security guards) and we made all sorts of barbs at each other, they said I shouldn’t stay out in the sun and I asked the Nigerian if he had any wahinos (rhinos) in his backyard. But we were friends. In more serious times we asked them if they’d been racially targeted and they said all the time but that there were a lot of stupid people around and best is just to either ignore them or call them out on it.

    My picks:
    Habs in 6 – They are probably the only team that can throw the Bruins off their game, Subban is playing great hockey and Price is uneven but decent enough.
    Rangers in 6 – These two teams are pretty even but it looks like Lundqvist is slightly more solid than Fleury. I don’t like either goaltender though for a long run.

    Chicago in 6 – Minnesota will grind a game or two at most.
    Kings in 5 – Non-elite goaltending on the Ducks side and too much Silfverberg to be truly competitive.

  10. Bobby Goodman says:

    Pierre, mon ami, what do you think of the way Therien has the team playing? Personally, I hate it. I read that Douglas Murray may be in the linuep tonight…big mistake! He, IMHO, may be the worst defencemen in the entire league! For sure he is the worst skater in the NHL and has two bricks for hands! What has Boullion done (if he isn’t hurt) to justify sitting; he is plus 4 in the series! If the lineup were to change, I don’t know why Therien wouldn’t have the very young and eager 6-6, 223 pound Jarrod Tinordi on the ice! Emelin and Markov are both minus 4 although Emelin will crash and bang.

    I think playing “not to lose” is a recipe for losing a game. 1-2-2 is something to do in last few minutes of a game, certainly not from the drop of the puck! If the Habs are faster…chase the puck down from the get go and pressure them all over the ice and all the time! I would be telling the troops to the throw the puck in Chara’s corner ever chance they get. I would spread their D out by having a cheater outside/behind them immediately upon possession (especially when Chara is on the ice). And, I have yet to see Pacc do take it out of 2nd gear!!!

    The Habs could have been up 2-0 but really fell apart in the latter part of the game. I am pulling for Montreal Pierre but if they coninue to play the way they have and rely entirely on Price, they wont. Bergevin has managed to make the right moves and push the right buttons perhaps he needs to push the right ones with the Coach.

    Hey, is Toffoli a keeper?! The kid is playing amazing hockey for LA. He’s another Dave Cam-moron didn’t even invite to try out for Team Canada in the 2012 WJHC even though he lead and eventually won the scoring race in the OHL! He cut Ceci just after he laced on his skates! He cut RNH!!!! Oh, but he chose some dandy hockey players: Patrice Cormier, Jordan Caron, Luke Adams, Stefan Della Rovere, Brandon Kozon, Greg Nemisz and Brandon Macmillan! I may have one selection pan out….LA should win their series against Anaheim.

    Pitt will pevail against NYR. Fleury has 2 shut outs wins and NY can’t score. I don’t know what happened but I think Columbus won that trade with NY getting Dubinsky and company!

    It could be wide open Pierre. If the Habs get by Boston (50-50 chance) and the Pens by NYR, who would come out of the east? Who would you pick between Chicago and LA; I would suggest Chicago. But, goaltending has won the Stanley Cup in the past years; I have seen it done with Dryden, Roi and Brodeur. So, it can happen again.

  11. PaV says:

    VIS / Bobby – you can’t fix stupid. Being Canadian first (born and raised), but raised in a Sikh family, growing up in Ottawa wasn’t that fun. The community was small and I was the only Sikh in junior high and in high school. Racism will always be in the forefront. People may hide it, people may not hide it, but you can’t fix stupid. Its a shame what the Boston “fans” said about Subban. It has taken away from what so far has been a great series.

  12. Bobby Goodman says:

    So the small, slow, talentless, cowardly, iligitimate “Habions” led by “Suckubban” is leading their series against the Bruins, 2 games to 1. How is that even possible? Perhaps it’s because winners don’t take shifts or nights off. As Mikey points out, the Montreal Canadians wouldn’t allow it to happen. But the real question is, what does it say about a players who regularly do?

    The Habs may lose this series yet but it wouldn’t be for lack of effort. When little guys like Desharnais, Briere, Gionta and Gallagher are willing to take the punishment to retrieve a puck the entire team and every fan in the rink is inspired. No one is conceding the puck or a corner on this hockey club (why would it be acceptable on another?).

    In spite of what some have said, the Habs are tight. They play for eachother, have a single purpose/goal and its all team oriented! It starts from the top (Ownership) and filters down to all levels within the Organization! Eller is playing fantastic hockey, so is Rene Bourque (this is the hockey I expected him to play from the time he came into the league as did many others) and Weise. The Team will be even better when/if Pacioretti gets going.

    Montreal played very well last game and much better than than the two previous. They pressured the puck carrier all over the ice and all the time. They took advantage of some of the Bruin D both in the corners and in open ice getting behind them. I’m sure the Habs are in their heads now! The D can’t let them behind but at the same time, need to hold the line. They need to slow them down, but can’t risk taking a penalty. I am sure they’re all aware of Rask’s record against the Habs as much as they are well aware of how difficult it has been for them to beat Price!

    You couple all that with the way Suckubban is playing and how he handled the Twitter Twits (with class and brilliance) this hockey club is hitting on all cylinders right now!

    You have to wonder if Murray will be in the lineup for he Habs next game; in spite of what some wrote, I thought his play was horrendous. When ever he was on the ice, the Bruins were in Montreal’s end, they had the puck and threatened to score. He was very fortunate to have Weaver with him for most of the game! I still don’t get why Bouillion sat (+4) or why Tinordi sits. Tinordi wont earn points but he is very big, very physical, is a good skater, mobile and has a long reach.

    The Penguins dominated the Rangers last night and this series will be over soon. Nash, St Louis and Richards all looked ordinary. Letang had another magnificent game. He’s another who will never concede the puck or a corner to the opposition. He is getting stronger, more confident and better with every game! Having missed 46 games this year, I suspect he has a lot of fuel left in the tank!

    BTW
    - Galley loves the word “certainly”
    - I haven’t said “also” since ’82, Millen uses it 10 times game!
    - why “net front presence”?

  13. OD99 says:

    Some thoughts from Toronto this week:

    1. The media here (for the most part) aren’t very pleased with Carlyle being re-signed and it certainly is interesting to hear a call in show with the host lambasting the organization and trashing the coach. Small sample size to be sure but still, pretty stark contrast to what we get in Ottawa

    2. Subban has been very, very good and this is the type of player he should be all the time. It was refreshing to see him score in OT and not make a total ass of himself. He has been dominant and done it like a pro. I am surprised at how good the Habs look so far. Price has been a huge factor but the Habs have Boston on their heels.

    3. Pitt is getting it together – they may well be playing the best right now with their top players all finding their form. Letang has been, as expected, very good.

    4. Doughty is showing he knows when to turn it on – does he just play in cruise control all year? Guy is absolutely a stud but two Olympics in a row and now a few times in a few years being a horse in the play-offs. What a draft year that was!

    5. Toronto LOVES the Raptors these days…

    Here is to a Beantown victory tonight and the Ducks rebounding as well.

  14. PaV says:

    Ah the blow hard Bobby is back. How did the tough, talented and much better Habs fair last night? Oh wait, they lost. How is that even possible? Oh right, its the Habs.

  15. Bobby Goodman says:

    Pav, I grew up in the Vets (west end of Ottawa (at the time) where a bunch of homes were built for returning veterans who fought in WW ll – the Big One). I had friends of every color, didn’t know their religion and didn’t care. This too is something I miss about yesterday!

    It was great to see the kid Fraser get the goal for Boston in OT! Dougie Hamilton is developing into a fantastic hockey player! I wonder what is wrong with Adam McQuade…I really like his game.

    The Habs are in the 2nd round and doing well but I am not a Therien fan. Although I love his enforcement of the Organization’s one standard for all policy, I think he makes some strategic mistakes. I would not have Douglas Murray dressing. Yes he had 6 hits last night but if that is all a player is on the ice for, it can be easy. He is a brutal skater so he can’t get to a puck and if he did accidentally found it on his stick he can’t do anything with it. When he was on the ice the Bruins lived in Montreal’s end! I would never have sat Bouillion who was plus 4 sit, for Murray.

    Wiess got 11 minutes of ice-time and they need to find a way to get him more in a series like this. Eller and Bouque have played fantastic hockey for the Habs, perhaps the Coach needs to find a way to get them more iceime. Bournival has been very good as well! Pacioretti has struggled maybe it is time to move that line around. He had only one shot last night and he should lead the team in that department!

    PK showed a few glimpses of his bad side but kept it to a minimum. So far he has resisted the silly stuff…for the most part.

    Brad Marchand is a hockey player! You may not like him for his behaviour and antics but he can play the game! When he first tried out for the Bruins he was told at the tail end of camp he was going to be sent down to their American Hockey League affiliate. He told Coach Juilen he “was making a big mistake”. Claude Julien asked why and Marchand said “because I will score 20 goals for you if I stay”. Julien was impressed with his confidence and rewarded him with a spot on the big club; oh yes, he scored 21 goals! I hate his silly bugger stuff but I think it comes with the territory. He could play for my team anyday!

  16. Bobby Goodman says:

    Isn’t it fascinating that when the hockey season is over, the DAC finds the courage to call players out?! Where was it during the year? Maclean says Karly didn’t trust his skating to go into the corners and play defence but the kid certainly had confidence his achilles tendon was completely healed (pardon the pun) to rocket down the ice to join the forwards in a rush! Only now will the DAC say he turned the puck over far too much in is own end…oh really?! Spezza was crucified by the fans and the media alike for giving the puck away 170 feet away but Karly got nothing for leading the league in Gva (something Spezza never did…nor did he ever lead his team!).

    Karly is coming back to Ottawa with a new “attitude”; I hope that is true and we will see soon enough. Perhaps the talented Rover should exit his end with far more speed next year. Perhaps he should move the puck much quicker to the forwards. By holding on the puck forever, the forwards get far too much ahead and passes often get intercepted causing the turnovers. Or, if Karly beats the defenders, the forwards all have to stop at the other teams blueline forcing off sides or dump ins that are easily recovered by the other team. It happened all year but the DAC and DAACs did nothing about it.

    Perhaps the problem is multi-layered. Is it wihin the realm of possiblility that when a player is coddled, pampered and glorified the Coach has no leverage? The one time the DAC did punish Karly it was for 5 minutes on the bench and he laughed about it after the game. If Karly is too small to go into the corners to retrieve a puck why did Conacher do it? Why do the small Montreal Canadians do it? Why does Ennis and Gerby fight for loose pucks in the corners. Can a team really be a TEAM if there are two sets of rules for effort and competitiveness (and conduct)? Maclean has had a lot to say when the season ended, why didn’t he express it during the year? I am sure I wasn’t alone growing tired of “we’re going to like where we are at the end of the year”. Not! That too was ignored by the media.

    I really hate it when the announcers feel they need to exaggerate to the ridiculous to make a point. Galzy said Sutter put his 220 lbs into a shot the last game; the kid’s nic-mane is Flat Stanley because he is so skinny; he’s 6-3 but only 190 lbs. Guys ‘n Galzy exaggereated by 30 pounds! Potvin made reference to Karly weighing in a 168 last year to rationalize why he didn’t pursue the puck in the corners. Pierre McGuire corrected Simmer recently saying Hjalmersson was 220 lbs…wrong. I awlays thought the Chicago Defencemen was much thinner than that, he’s 206 (PM is all about BS but saying it with conviction…it makes what he says factual).

    The Leafs kept Carlyle but axed the assistants. Are we to believe they were the problem last year or were they just the first to go and the Coach will soon follow. With a committment to 1 year only, Carlyle will be gone.

  17. Visitor-Pierre D. says:

    Habs are down 3-2 but outside of last night it’s been a great series! You can tell that OT took the wind out of the Habs sails and a letdown was appropriately expected. Subban has played very well, he’s made a few overreaching attempts at contact at times but has otherwise been quite good and he has a cannon of a shot.

    I found it interesting that the DAC called Karlsson’s play “shoddy” in his own end. Of course he was recovering from an injury, but he was always very far from his net to defend his goaltender. And of course, Karly much prefers taking selfies of himself in Hawaii than he does going to a rink, working on his skating, working on his defensive positioning and so on. And why wouldn’t he? The general manager has no program for the players, has no principles of behaviour as the elite franchises do, has nothing to do but twiddle his thumbs and wait for an offer to Jason Spezza.

    I find it deliciously ironic that a man that held out for months (Turris) is sanctified by local media while one that has been nothing but loyal (Spezza) is demonised, so in the back pocket of team management and so desperate for scoops are TSN1200 and a few others.

    On the plus side, it’s Mother’s Day so all the best to everyone’s mums!

  18. Bobby Goodman says:

    Pav, you confuse the hell out of me (and that’s not fair…it’s so easy to do)! Didn’t you pick the Habions and Suckubban to beat the Bruins…in 6 games no less? Should the Habs go down tonight, couldn’t their year be described as a good one? I’m a blow hard, but without me mate, you wouldn’t have anything to say! As always Pav, your insight is insightful.

    Right on Pierre! The Sens are far more interested in inventing Kings and Gods than they are building good hockey teams! The fan base have been starved for so long they now celebrate mediocrity! It is comical that the DAC has so much to say when the season is over. You have to wonder if the media will take note and then hold him to account once the season begins in the fall?

    So we read that Kipper has the scoop on Spezza being shopped around! Someone should tell him it isn’t news…he was shopped around earier this year (in spite of the GM’s denials)! I don’t think he will start the year in a Sens uni, the only question is, what will the GM get for him!

    You don’t always get fair value (especially if Murray is the GM). Will Murray be desperate enough to trade Spezza away for journeymen? Will the Team get another Cheechoo, Conacher? Will they get a star player who will leave once his contract is done (Ryan). Mikey suggested Spezza wasn’t going but unfortunately for fans who love hockey not just the Sens, he is. So will Ryan.

    Here is the question, what will the team look like in in 2014-2015? How will they perform? In spite of what Melnyk may say (“we know where we are now, ony one or two players away”) the Team needs much more, in every aspect of the Organization! If we make the assumption Spezza is gone, by default Hemsky will as well. He’s said as much! That would leave Milan alone and will he be re-signed? If those 3 go, who will fill the void (minutes played, points and goals)? Will we get to see a lot more of Pageau and DaCosta? There will be a major trickle effect through the entire team. Who will the media and True Fans focus their venom on when Jason goes? It will be interesting to watch it all unfold and come un-glued.

    Anaheim got 3 shots in the final 40 minutes of a game, no shots in an entire period and still won a game against LA. As wonderful as the goaltending performance was, I can’t appreciate wins like that at all. It makes me ill. But, its not like LA hasn’t won that way before!

    I wonder who will be in the lineup for the Habs tonight? As much as I like Prust, he did precious little. Therien may say all the right things in front of the camera but as far as I am concerned he’s done a poor job coaching in this series. Markov/Emelin need to be separated; as a tandem they are minus 9 in the post season! Curiously, the confident, calm, courageous Bouillion, who is plus 4, is sitting in the press box for Douglas Murray (I get tuckered out just watching him). Vanek plays every game and he doesn’t even try! White would though!

  19. PaV says:

    Isn’t it fascinating that when the hockey season is over….

    Isn’t it fascinating that Bobby cannot let anything go? Isn’t it fascinating that Bobby is like a dog with a bone and just wants to harp on the same crap? Isn’t it fascinating that that Bobby isn’t an NHL coach? Can Bobby comprehend that maybe the coach didn’t want to call out anyone in the season because its not a classy thing to do? Wait, that would mean that Bobby would have class himself, which we can all say for sure, that he has none.

    Hear Spez maybe on the move – hope we get a lot in return!

  20. Bobby Goodman says:

    I should add, can you imagine how Karly would perform if he was in the post season and lke Suckubban and Doughty was playing against Boston and Anaheim? If he concedes the puck and corners to Gerby and Ennis what he hell would he do against the Big Bad Bruins? He didn’t show up for the games that were played hard during the regular season so I am sure it would continue in the post season just like it did versus the Pens last year and the NYR the year before.

    Players like Suckubban and Doughty are real defencemen not Rovers focussed entirely on offence. Imagine what offensive players like Duchene for example could do if they were Rovers like Karly? They can skate as fast and can skate as well backwards…but they will also go into a corner, battle for loose pucks and take the body! There aren’t many Rovers in the league, primarily because you don’t win with them (especially when they are on the ice 30 minutes a game). Indeed they will entertain and help the team win games against the weaker clubs but, when the going gets tough, they disappear. It is wonderful to hear that Karlsson will come back with a different attitude…it makes for good copy, but he needs a heart transplant and a dose of courage, character and committment!

  21. Bobby Goodman says:

    There is plenty of interest in Jason Spezza? Why? What NHL team would want a guy who never earned a score/grade better than “C” all year? What NHL team would want a player who is “one of two on a team who doesn’t care about defence”? What NHL team would want a guy who is lazy and doesn’t back check (back pressure, gap control)? What NHL team would want a guy who finished the year minus 26, the worst on his team? And, what NHL team would want a guy who “can’t lead”? The Owner of the team back in the middle of April said “the team was in desperate need of leadership” in spite of having: TBR, TBS, Methot, Ryan, Turris, MacArthur…and Spezza. How much leadership does the team really need? With Spezza all but gone, who will wear the “C” next year and the next question is, will his leadership skills suddenly emerge? Will Karly get an upgrade and wear an A or C? All of this is nonsense of course!

    For a guy who has been fed nothing but grief since he arrived here in Ottawa, he is garnering a lot of attention! “There is no shortage of interest” and “there are plenty of suitors” for his services. What do they know that those in Ottawa don’t or, are they all foolish? “League executives believe the number of suitors will grow!?

    Perhaps there are “league executives” (ex-league executive Simmer isn’t one) who find Spezza desirable! Maybe they think his 687 points in 686 games and plus 54 for his career is fabulous. Maybe they think his plus 58, even with his minus 26 this year, is commendable. Stall is celebrated and he is minus 41 fore his career! Could they look beyond 2014 and h+is -26? Afterall, he’s been a minus player only 4 times: his first year in the league and interestingly enough, 3 times since Murray destroyed the team. Spezza record under Murray’s watch is: 08-09 team had 36 wins and he was -14; 10-11 team had 32 wins and he was minus 7 and in 13-14 the team had 37 wins. I suspect those league executives looked pass the -26 and factored in the team was very bad and he had 9 different wingers many of whom were awful. Surely they saw what was possible when he finally had a hockey player with some skill beside him (cast off Hemsky).

  22. Bobby Goodman says:

    Cont’d

    Is Spezza feeling the heat in Ottawa? If he has been, his numbers don’t reflect it! As Pierre has noted, he’s been a loyal player for many years and never complained. Never the less, he was a target for criticism. Many even poked fun at his nervous giggle. He never uttered profanities with the media, he never banned them, he never made excuses and showed up when it counted (53 pts in 56 playoff games). No matter what he did, he couldn’t winsuppot.

    Shame!

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