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Posts posted by brobin

  1. If we replaced Zednik with a true number 1 RW and got a decent 2nd line LW to work with Ribs and Ryder, this would be a completely different team. Last season and half of this season Ribs has had either Dags or insert temporary rookie winger here, to work with. Imagine if he had a real tough, hard hitting winger with a shot (Dags only has the shot). I think Ribs would be doing far better.

  2. 80 percent of Kovalev, Ryder, and Markov's points come on the PP too. Ribs has definitely struggled this year, but he has been on a sucky line most of the season and he is still in the top 4 for points and PPG. He was also healthy during that horrible 6 weeks when everyone on the team was a minus most nights. Koivu and Kovalev missed most of those games. Koivu is the only plus on the team I think.

    I still think ribs can turn his game around and be a decent 2nd center. That said, if we can get Koivu at a price that makes him our number 2 center, ribs is expendable. The problem of course is finding that top center who can average 1.25 PPG and be a game maker.

    From what I have seen, the biggest flop this season is Zednik, followed by Bonk. Ribs is fairly cheap and is producing much more then those two. Zednik is really sucking giving he was a first line player most of the season. He needs to be replaced soon and we also need a decent 2nd line LW.

  3. The claim is that Souray did an eye gouge, but the replay clearly showed he didn't, he had his hand up to block.

    By the way, this is Pollock reffing. Remember him from the Toronto game earlier this season (with bogus call giving the Leafs the win) and the Ottawa game (Markov suspension).

    Guess he wants to compete with Fraser for best "screw the habs" award.

  4. I hope they sign him, but at a price that allows him to become our number 2 center. As he declines (which he will, even his PPG this year is nothing great), it would be nice to bring in a big number one center and move Koivu down to number 2. This way we get to keep his leadership while improving up the middle.

  5. There is no question that the style of defensive play changed. The guys were blocking shots and making it very difficult to get to the net. That is how you protect a struggling goalie as well, which should help Theo get his confidence back.

    I was pretty annoyed with the team during the dark months. Sure Theo was struggling, but rather then help him (block shots, clear rebounds, clear the net, etc) they hung him out to dry. Hence, he got worse and worse.

    I firmly believe that Gainey has made it very clear to the team that Theo is the guy and that they are responsible for helping him get out of his slump. The entire team must be dedicated to defense in their own end, just as they must be dedicated to offense in the other end.

    By the way, Brodeur has recently improved his play and the commentary I have heard is that it started with better defense by the guys in front of him! Let's hope for the same.

    PS. My wife only gets sex on game night if we win. It has been a long couple of months. :(

  6. It is possible that Theo likes the pads, or perhaps, is more afraid of changing equipement right in the middle of the season.

    While his rebound control has been week, it is more on the high shots that he is not getting his hands on, rather then ones bouncing off his pads. Since he is usually on his knees, the puck rarely hits his pads anyway. :)

    I also agree that he is struggling with high shots and his glove hand more then anything. I highly doubt that Gainey would trade him for not changing gear. I suspect Gainey is simply going to tell Theo to play better, regardless of the equipment, and they will be buddies again.

  7. I have no issue with playing defensively with a 3 goal lead. The problem with CJ was that he would do that in the first period with a one goal lead. :(

    I think another issue is our lineup. Despite Ribs play in the last month, he does setup a lot of chances. With his limited ice time (and current linemates), that probably cuts down on the offense a fair bit (5 on 5).

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