A west coast swing with late start times, just when we get a new toy to play with?? UGH. I can’t wait to see how Cody Hodgson does tonight, even if I might fall asleep by the third period. The first game with a new player is always fun, even if it sometimes goes downhill after that (*cough*Bernier*cough). Hodgson will start out on a line with Ennis and Stafford, but we’ll see how that goes as the game wears on.
On the Miller comments. Sounds like a guy tired of being asked about personnel decisions he has no say in. Mountain out of a molehill, indeed. Kind of wish Miller was Russian so he could only give quotes when a Russian reporter rolls through town.
Speaking of the Buffalo News…I read a comment there again. STUPID. It’s this:
I have been silent for awhile. I can’t believe I am reading the comments by Lindy. He stated Roy will now be his last minute center. Roy is the WORST defensive center in the league.
*facepalm* I know there are those of you not happy that Roy is still here, but let’s see if this is actually true. Of players that Behind the Net registers as centers, with more than 40 games played, Roy is 36th as far as Quality of Competition (Sami Pahlsson, another C coveted at the deadline, is right below him). That’s out of 148, by the way. He’s not getting nutty zone starts either, with offensive zone starts about 51% of the time. That’s on par with Henrik Zetterberg and Brad Richards. To contrast, Henrik Sedin starts in the offensive zone a staggering 77.5% of the time! It’s obvious that Buffalo doesn’t ‘optimize’ zone starts the way some teams do. Looking pretty good for Roy, whose stats are colored by his low offensive output this year (possibly still recovering from his injury early).
As I look at the stats, it’s clear that Roy has grown into being at least a solid defensive player, middle of the road to a bit better in most areas. You may not like him as a person, or just think ‘he sucks’, but it’s really not true.