Meds wrote:I I think it was the home game against Toronto in which Garrison went awkwardly into the boards behind Luongo with a Leaf player and came out hobbling. He was then in noticeable discomfort on the bench and looked slow for the rest of the game and in Phoenix as well. Could be he's nursing a minor lower body injury right now.
Good rememory. It could very well be that something's up.
Meds wrote:Kassian in slowly buying in and finding his game. I think that Torts is giving him a more defined role, and the lack of an after the whistle nazi behind the bench can only serve to make him more comfortable playing a physical game when his new coach is OK with a penalty if it comes from being too aggressive when throwing a hit or pursuing the puck. I had hoped we might see some magic from him this year and maybe 20 goals. A couple of hot streaks might get him in that neighborhood, but I'll be happy with 15 goals and 30 point from him if he continues to be physical and stick up for his teammates. He'll get there, but like so many power forward style big guys it will be a slower development.
I thought it was interesting that Torts didn't bench Kassian after the Vrbata boarding penalty. AV would've stapled his ass to the bench, but Torts wants his guys to err on the side of aggressiveness. A defined role, the green light to release the beast from the coaching staff and some confidence will do wonders for Kassian.