5thhorseman wrote:Larry Goodenough wrote:Kesler's fitness and non stop motor were keys to his success last year.
He was unable to train much this past summer due to the late ending and the delayed surgery. Instead of months, he had weeks.
Summers are important to build stamina and muscle mass that is slowly lost throughout the course of a season. If you're unable to lay down the same fitness and muscle mass base that you did the summer before, a difference in your play will most likely be noticed.
If that's true then we shouldn't expect as much from Kes come the playoffs either. Which is scary!
Sticky wrote:RoyalDude wrote:
At any rate how can you complain about the best team in the NHL. I'm really finding it hard to, other than Booth's low hockey intellect which is evident due to his puck-possession-turnover ratio and his terrible stick-handling, defense and passing and anticipation.This is becoming a bit of a problem for us, it's obvious that we are too fast. I think I'm on board with everyone else, in that trading our fastest guy - Mason Raymond for a slower, older guy who can fight cause fighting is much more important come the playoffs than speed is the right thing to do. Get slower, but tougher.
I havent heard of anyone of note suggesting that they'd rather have an older, slower, fighter than Raymond. And I havent seen any stats on Booth's puck possession turnover ratio. I would be interested to see that stat though if you have it. (along with Raymond's as well)
Dude... You're living in the past when you wax on about Raymond's speed. Its just not the asset we thought it was. He doesn't get many breakaways, and I cant recall the last time he blew past a defender. Other than outskating his own teammates, and skating in circles around the perimeter of the offensive zone, his speed has nothing more to offer.
I actually think that his speed makes him a less effective player than he would be if he lost a step. We see him turn on the jets... And then before he knows it, he has skated or stick handled himself into a corner, or heavy coverage and is lucky if he can snap a shot on net. I think he needs to think and play the game slower, and use his speed as more of an afterburner.
I'm not a big fan particularily, but as far as Booth goes... at least his "low hockey intellect" takes his big body hard to the net with regularity.
nuckster wrote:Remember Potvin? Cloutier? The coloured guy on CBC? (his name escapes me right now).
nuckster wrote:The Salo trade for ...Sche...can't remember his name either!!! LOL).
nuckster wrote:Now I have to get going... i have an appt. for something...but i can't remember what it was?