Meds wrote:Hockey Widow wrote:Southern_Canuck wrote:I can sum up my opinion of the Roy trade as follows:
Better than doing nothing.
I'm one of those that see Brendan Morrison when I see Roy. Mind you it has only been one game.
Morrison was more of a passenger on the WCE line. Whenever Bert or Naslund missed a game the line suffered. Roy has better hands, is a bit quicker, passes better, and I think has a better shot. I see Roy being a guy that instantly makes Higgins, Hansen, Raymond and Kassian, better players and threats to score. Morrison wasn't that kind of player.
I beg to differ. At their peak, the WCE was the best scoring line in the NHL. Now, during the 04/05 lockout, Brendan just happened to be on the best scoring line in the SEL, alongside Mike Knuble and Christian Huselius. Mind you, Näslund, the Sedins, Zetterberg, Hossa, Forsberg... There were a lot of good players there, but once again Morrison just happens to be on the best scoring line of the league.
In my opinion BMo has been severly underrarted as a player. He's one of those that makes those around him shine, but dorsn't get the credit he himself deserves. If Roy is anything like BMo, this was a huge pickup.
And it's really no coincidence that the Sedins play better after he joined the team. Most of this season the Canucks have been a one line team. The opponents have been able to focus on containg the twins. Now that we have a legitimate second line, they have to start paying attention to themas well, which means the pressure eases up on the twins and they can start strutting their stuff.