Now HERE we go. The player everyone loves to hate, or at least strongly dislike. He had 65 points in 73 games, with 17G and 48A. 7 PPG mixed in there, 18 minutes of ice time per game. Not bad, really, just looking at the numbers from the outside. But it’s all the other stuff that bothers you, isn’t it? Pictures at bars…streaks of no scoring…injuries…whatever else you think of. Fans are tired of not know what they get night in, night out.
So what happens to Timmy this year? Here are the options:
- He gets traded before the season– There are a few teams that need to add salary or at the very least could use a playmaking center. Darcy’s theory is the trade market will heat up after more of the free agents find homes, and I think he may be right.
- He gets traded at the deadline – Tough to see this really happening, if you assume the Sabres are in contention. At the same time, it happened to Campbell so you never know.
- He plays out the season – This won’t be a popular option, I’m guessing, but I’m thinking it’s a likely one. It’s going to depend on whether or not GMDR can find another ‘top 20 center’ to take his place. You know Darcy isn’t dumping Timmy if there’s no good replacement.
- He sneezes and his brain falls out his ear – Just saying, it could happen.
What do I think happens? My gut says he stays and plays out the season. Next most likely is a pre-season trade. As far as scoring? If he stays healthy (!), you can pencil him in for 20G, 50A, but you are more likely to see 15G, 40A in an injury shortened season.