nyintensity wrote:You think that because you live in Toronto that you can give a better opinion on players? I watch this team 82.games.a.year. I don't miss them. I live in Rochester, and go to the Amerks' games. Vanek is having a very good year. So is Robyn Regehr.
Also, with Kassian, it was his lack of willingness to get physical with people that bugged me. It wasn't even just at the NHL level, but Matthew Coller said he doesn't seem to even do it in Rochester. Rob Ray said it best today: either you come in to the league with consistent physical play, or you don't have it at all. That Kassian didn't give it on a consistent enough basis bugged me, and clearly, it bugged the organization as well.
FWIW - Rob Ray has been pretty damn accurate when judging our grit, for many years.
Sorry for the late reply - no, I don't think that because I live in Toronto that gives me a better idea of the games, even though I typically watch parts of at least 500 games a season (thank you center ice!). I think I'm just as qualified as you to give an opinion on Sabres players as an unbiased observer of the team. Fans are notoriously bad judges of talent - I admit the same regarding Nuck players as I don't see things objectively. By the way - I've been to 7 games in B-Lo this year so far so I feel pretty confident in my opinions.
You think Regehr is having a good year? We'll have to agree to disagree on that one, I see him as one of the most overrated players in the league. Vanek has been above average but not great. But I digress......
Kassian to me is your typical big bodied forward - he is inconsistent, he needs work on his skating (which isnt bad, just can improve) and he needs to play more physically. He will improve in Van - the track record is there.
As Nuck fans we always like to wait and see, the ones of us that aren't whiny little babies that is (and there are a lot of those), because we've been burned many times by the evaluations of other fans. Booth sucked, Ehrhoff was awful, Hamhuis average, Higgins was washed up, Lapierre couldn't change - all of these were untrue. I don't know if it's the Nucks system or what, but they seem to do well getting players that work here. Hopefully it's the same for Kassian.
I like the trade overall, given it addresses needs for both teams. Kassian should do well here as a 2nd or 3rd line winger who plays like an asshole, while I don't know much of MA Gragnani because he hasn't played as much but puck movers love our system. You guys will love Hodgson's game, he's as smart a player as I can remember for a rookie, and he's very good all-round. He-ll be missed here, and a player the Sabres should like for a long time.