bwoar - (Biff Malibu)Member since October 15, 2009
Habs fan since: 1980
Favorite current player: Andrei Markov
All-time favorite player: Bob Gainey
- Comment on A letter from the Béliveau family (2014-12-18 14:24:38)
@ krob You said: "Sothen he is not facing their best at faceoffs…so how is he helping everyone else’s percentage so much if many of his draws are not against the other teams top faceoff guys?" How many? That's the pertinent question. You could do some research and come up with an answer, if it's so important. On powerplays, he faces their best centres. Maybe their best faceoff guys, maybe not. Depends on the centre. You get your Bergeron, Toews, Crosby etc. but sometimes you get Seguin, Malkin, and Stamkos too. The point you are ignoring is that a defensive centre's job in that moment is to keep the puck away from the opposition's top centre, in the attacking zone, while they have a man advantage. I hope we agree on this point of strategy. OVERALL, I have no doubt Manny is taking some of the harder draws away from DD, Eller & Plekanec. Actually the first 2 were already decent at faceoffs. So it doesn't take too much tilting to help them up their own numbers. It doesn't matter what I say, though, does it?
- Comment on A letter from the Béliveau family (2014-12-18 13:20:31)
Life of a rookie. It was him or Eller in the top six.
- Comment on A letter from the Béliveau family (2014-12-18 13:19:49)
Tears were shed.
- Comment on A letter from the Béliveau family (2014-12-18 13:17:54)
I think you need to read what I posted again. MOST SKILLED being the important part. Not "best at faceoffs".
- Comment on A letter from the Béliveau family (2014-12-18 13:15:21)
It just feels right.
- Comment on A letter from the Béliveau family (2014-12-18 12:48:11)
NHL headline with 'analytics', didn't read.
- Comment on A letter from the Béliveau family (2014-12-18 12:47:19)
It was sure to happen once the top line hit a bump. That is not a deep team.
- Comment on A letter from the Béliveau family (2014-12-18 12:42:53)
The Oilers will ask for more. Kevin Lowe will want them to kick in the airfare at least.
- Comment on A letter from the Béliveau family (2014-12-18 12:39:02)
I recall MM schooling Bergeron; are you saying that he gets 'cheaper' wins against lesser competition? Because that's what the OTHER centres on the team are doing. Mainly thanks to him. Teams usually put their best centres (i.e. most-skilled) on for the start of PP where possible, regardless of their faceoff abilities. This is only common sense. Malholtra is a defensive centre. He takes defensive zone draws. That's his role and he fills it. Sometimes he draws in against Toews, sometimes Bergeron, sometimes Crosby, but the point is that it's usually a way better overall player than he is. What their faceoff % might be isn't relevant compared to generally withholding possession in the D-zone on the PP. Not allowing said centre to grab the puck and set up the cycle.
- Comment on A letter from the Béliveau family (2014-12-18 12:29:43)
I don't think they'll find many takers for Burrows, who is playing better than last year but has a big contract and a full no-trade. I wouldn't even send them Gonchar, for instance. I think Boston needs Krug as much as Vancouver, too. Higgins, on the other hand, is a useful player. Benning needs to admit that his team has won in spite of a lack of PMD types and that the cupboard is bare in terms of trading for a piece. They went and got Vrbata, good. But Gillis left the D in such a shambles, and the forward depth so meh, that moving guys like Burrows and Higgins just creates other holes. Even with a rejuvenated top line I expected the Canucks to miss the playoffs unless Ryan Miller plays out of his shoes. So hopefully for them, Benning will go long-term rather than try to make Gainey-style moves to stay in contention.