Sid Dithers wrote:I remember watching Rypien coming to town playing with the Regina Pats. He didn't stand out at all. I'll give him credit for working hard to try and make a pro career for himself, but I'm still skeptical he can do anything significant at the NHL level. I refuse to believe a slightly above average, smallish junior player can suddenly transform himself into a vital NHL player. Sure he's caught the coach's attention in training camp for playing a hustling, robust game. But the road is littered with guys who kicked butt in training camp only to prove they couldn't maintain it longterm. Not to disparage his efforts, but I need to see him be a factor for prolonged period of time. I need to see more, a lot more, before I'm sold on him.
Sid Dithers wrote:Yep, Kulak would score, hit and fight in training camp. When the reg season started he was saddled on the 4th line and never did anything.
Kel wrote:One possible explanation is that Nonis is using one-way contracts to get the players to agree to sign with league minimum, in order to save cap space. For example, a player asking for 600k NHL salary on a two-way contract may be willing to accept 450k NHL salary on a one-way. So the Canucks use real money to buy cap space.
Fred wrote:Reid is certainly exciting but is one diamensional, all the other can for want of better words multitask. Green has the addition of strength and reach and will drop the gloves if need be. Burrows the same and Rypien is a human dynamo wanting to challenge every one, but they all can play solid shut down defense, Reid not