Post by Mike Post by Marty
Worst captain in team history.
The infamous, non-backchecker (on one infamous play).
The guy who is both a coaches pet, and hated by his coach. At least,
according to all the rumors and opinions that surround him.
Aside from that, he leads the 1st place NHL team in goals and points,
after playing though November on some version of a broken foot.
Seriously, he may not play a "hard" game, but he is an effective
player, when not hurt. He goes to soft areas because, unlike most
players, he CAN score from those areas, because he shot is so heavy. If
he spent all his time crashing creases, he'd never be able to feature
his heavy wrister. No one asked Gallagher to blast 20 goals per season
using 30-40 wrist shots. Why do they want Pacs to get all his goals
mucking in the crease and slamming home garbage, and leave his wrist
That said, I do want Pacs to develop a more "mucking" attitude that
would translate to the play-offs. Hopefully, Radulov has his influence.
But regrdless, he's a elite scorer at a bargain basement price. His
biggest sin seems to be he got captaincy over Subban (which was absurd
that anyone thought Subban as captain was an option) and he doesn't
diss the coach that everyone hates.
He's a good players. Neeeds to study Radulov a little, and forget any
lesson he learned from Vanek. That's all.
The problem I have with him is he is inconsistent. He'll go on these
streaks where he gives you that nice warm fuzzy feeling and then he goes
on a powder and disappears for games on end. The broken foot
notwithstanding, his less than stellar start to the year coincided with
an apt observation by Tortorella I thought and it wasn't outside his
character to play as he was playing - shooting from the parking lot as
Knuckles would say of him. He does this all the time and when he does he
puts himself under the microscope and he plays soft. Yes me may get
goals from the outside a bit when he's hot but look at 3 of those goals
Saturday night - he was either in the crease or pretty damn close to it
and he's been hitting people regularly now for a couple of weeks. He
doesn't like to hear it but when he plays more physical good things
happen to him. Its been like that for years. When he plays soft, he
disappears into the weeds and his outside shots become more the norm and
easier to stop. When he uses his frame to hit and move people he become
a more dangerous player - more versatile and unpredictable.
force, and pumps enough goals in every year to be quite effective. You're
scroer, and more dangerous in the play-offs. Not sure if we'll ever get
that, but 30+ goals is still more than most players can offer. We
sense. If three guy's mucking behind the goal line all the time, there's
no one out front to score. He just needs to mix it up better.