Randy Carlyle fields game day questions ahead of tonight’s matchup with Montreal:
Note: Troy Bodie has been called up in wake of David Clarkson going to IR with his elbow injury.
Dave Bolland, now skating, interviews for the first time since the injury:
We need these two points tonight. Anything lower than 4th in the conference is a log jam for a playoff berth.
The hill gets steeper from here on in as all games will be hard fought by just about every team.
"O'Reilly missed the last two games with a freak shoulder injury that he suffered on Monday while celebrating a Paul Stastny goal." This guy might be too injury prone lol ;)
Of all goalies with a save pct. above 910, Reimer is the only goalie with a GAA above 3. He may only get another half dozen starts to improve on these numbers, unless the coach changes his starter preference? This may be a very tough negotiation for Claudy.
If Nonis could convince Burke to acquire Bozak, and fill his spot with a Stastny signing... that would be just fantastic.
@TheCanucksnaphookI probably wouldn't even pay that for Eric Staal
@TheCanucksnaphook A 2nd-line center, a 2nd-pairing Dman, and a 3rd-round pick for an older, albeit better defensively 2nd-line center? Why?
@TheCanucksnaphook I thought Kadri was an islander :)
@TheCanucksnaphook Is the goal to find a center who is struggling even more than Kadri?
@TheCanucksnaphook Or like me grand pappy used to say,Lord tunderin dyin jesus me son,Hockeys on !!!
@Leafbites Save percentage and wins are the only goalie stats that matter.
@Murph2417 We NEED a big win tonight. Gotta keep the Turds and the rest of them further back. ( also gets us closer to the Habs).
@TheCanucksnaphook you talking about a player or Dave Bidini?
@DWCMLHS I think that moving Bozak probably means exploring moving Kessel, too. Do you honestly see our management saying "Good job continually progressing Bozie, but you're out, Stastny's in".
@Cameron19 @DWCMLHS Continually progressing? How so? He produced at a slower rate last season than the season prior, with a higher shooting percentage. His absolutely ridiculous percentages are probably solely responsible for his dramatic increase in production this season, and they are definitely not sustainable in the long run. Not even close. It's not like he's been getting any better defensively, either. He's worse on face-offs so far this season, too. He's still an offensive-minded 3rd-line caliber center. He's just riding high percentages and plays with ridiculously talented linemates. We can move him and keep Kessel. Kessel isn't fucking 5 years old.
@TheCanucksnaphook On pace for 43 points.
Unless there is a big package deal in the works ... my unpopular opinion is that Reimer will sign for 1 possibly 2 more years. The demand for Goalies is to weak this year with Miller and Anaheim. Best to wait till next year or after. Price will only go up ...
@TheCanucksnaphook @Cameron19 @Leafbites Nope, which is exactly why we'll regret moving him. I like Bernier, I'm fine moving forward with him, but a part of me also can't wait until Reimer is gone and suddenly the fan base TOTALLY turns on Bernier, and all this shit about how "calm and cool" he is turns into "he's so fucking lazy and disinterested!! Bring back Reimer!!"
@Cameron19 @DWCMLHS @vinoa @Knights2Leafs I think he can handle 3C duties. We haven't seen much of him, but we wouldn't need him to be spectacular, by any means. Stastny is a legitimate 1C, who is producing like a star again. Kadri is a legit 2C, and has room to improve. We'd just need Holland to play like a 3C, and I think he can.
@Cameron19 @vinoa @DWCMLHS @Knights2Leafs Even better. He already plays with skilled forwards. Not to knock Kessel and JVR but Landeskog and O'Reilly are younger and more likely to improve. I don't see Statsny as being that much better with JVR and Kessel. If he was a legit 1C that deserved his own coverage defensively then it would give a whole new dimension to our 1st line. Right now he's just maybe marginally better than Bozak minus the chemistry.
@DWCMLHS @Anthony Petrielli @Cameron19 Basically you're talking about a very tiny difference in pace production over the course of his first 250 games though. Is it so hard to believe that, despite the high percentages, he's also legitimately taken a step forward? He's basically been a 50 pt pace guy, but now is on pace for 72. Could it be when he comes down he settles in around 60? I mean, EVERY player that sees a jump in production must have some period with high percentages. This isn't an exclusive to Bozak.
@Cameron19 @DWCMLHS Stastny is so a 1C. He has been a 70+ point player 3 times. His production slowed with Duchene and O'Reilly being awesome and creating a cluster-fuck of center talent, but he's producing at a star level again this season, and would probably be even better with Kessel and JVR on his wings. He's a huge upgrade over Bozak.
@DWCMLHS @Cameron19 I think one thing you're overlooking with him though, is that he'll likely continue to improve so long as the rest of the team does. If we're running 3 effective scoring lines, he's only going to get more shifts away from top pairs, and still with great wingers.
I don't think adding Stastny makes Bozak expendable - neither are 1C's.
@Cameron19 @DWCMLHS His increase in production from the 10/11 season to the 11/12 season skews the numbers. Producing only 32 points in 82 games as a sophomore and being on a tear to start this season fucks up the trend line.
He is producing better this season than he ever has, but it won't last. His next best season was his rookie season.
Bozak's highest points/game:
1. 13/14 season (riding insane, unsustainable percentages)
2. 09/10 season
3. 11/12 season
4. 2013 season (lockout)
5. 10/11 season
He's all over the map.
@DWCMLHS @Cameron19 But Mirtle posted a graphic yesterday showing his continual progress over his career. Despite the high percentages the last 10 games or so, he's still been trending up almost continually. I think he broke it down into 20 game segments - so last season's "reduced production" didn't really effect it.