“Thoughts on Thoughts” is a feature that looks at Elliotte Friedman’s terrific weekly post “30 Thoughts.” Justin Bourne selects his 10 favourite tidbits, and elaborates.
Friedman’s column, June 26th: NHL buyouts no sure thing
Elliotte’s opening point:
During a phone conversation two weeks ago, one NHL general manager predicted there would be fewer player buyouts than we think. Why?
“Imagine asking your owner to write a big cheque, then seeing that player succeed somewhere else for less money,” he said. “That’s going to get you fired.”
Pretty good argument there.
So maybe less dominoes fall than some of us expect.
5. Vigneault said he hopes to use his lines the same way he did in Vancouver, deploying the best scorers for offensive-zone draws (Henrik and Daniel Sedin) and the best defenders (Manny Malhotra, Ryan Kesler) to take faceoffs front of your net. “I prefer it that way,” Vigneault said. “It’s a great way to maximize the strength and potential of your lineup.” During interviews, he said he was told the Rangers were built to do that, although he will withhold final judgement until getting behind the bench.
I included this quote as the final punctuation mark in my quest to rid the advanced stat community of the word “sheltered,” because it’s never been “boy, this guy is terrible defensively, let’s hide him in the O-zone,” it’s always been “we signed this guy to provide offense, so lets give him a chance to utilize his tools.” Read the rest of this entry »