Interesting stuff. That Caps series wasn’t on Bob - so that’s 100% unfair to him.
Sure hope the CBJ front office knows what they’re doing. I’ve been over here in Philly for over a decade and the Flyers have been trying to find Bobs replacement since he left. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen to our CBJ - but time will tell.
I wonder if Jarmo’s experiencing more and more sleepless nights these days, wondering about how exactly the team he’s assembled will turn out. But hey, we can always fall back on the “we’re one of the youngest teams in the league” nonsense. I haven’t heard that too often this offseason.
It wasn't 100% on him, but he was also not good in some key moments. He gave up at least 3 goals in every game, and at least one of those in every one was soft. Don't forget he flubbed an innocent shot in the second OT in game 3 that ended up in the net on the deflection.
It seems like Bob is a bit of a locker room diva in some ways in terms of how important he views himself. I remember the issues in Philly when Bryz was acquired and Bob subsequently spent a year as a backup, not smoothly. Personally, I'm glad he's gone. He was capable of being lights out for streaky stretches in the regular season and so his highs were really high, but his lows were also really low. And because of his salary I think CBJ has been felt hamstrung in playing Korpi more. Now, CBJ have the ability to play whoever is hot, period. AND all of his bullshit is gone. I'll miss how talented he was and what he brought to CBJ, but moving forward I couldn't be more excited to see what Elvis and Korpi can do for a hell of a lot less money and drama.
I am with Voloso here... There were times when I wanted to go and give Bob the biggest paycheck he wanted for the way he played. But then there were times when his attitude just pissed me off and I could not wait until the end of the year for him to be gone. I do not recall ever feeling that way with Bread. I just felt anxiety as to whether or not he was going to be here. Plain and simple, Florida is going to regret paying that much for him down the road in my opinion. Even if he did want to play here, I hope management would never throw a contract like that at him. Jarmo nailed it on the head in his presser back in June in my opinion that most every goalie starts as a backup (including Bob) and I think that between our 3, we can find a suitable replacement with the defense that we have while saving a ton of cost to put elsewhere.
“Because it’s not worth winning if you can’t win big!”
I think some of this is almost a self fulfilling prophecy. It's clear Bob had his eyes on Florida for awhile, and vice versa. It's almost like when you get to the end of a relationship, and you start creating issues, like leaving the bench and showering in the middle of the game. It was probably just time for both sides to move along. Especially if the cost to stay together was $80 million over 8 years.
Columbus is no doubt worse without him, but I just don't see the bottom falling out because of it. There is still a really strong blue line in front of him, a pretty good group of top-9 forwards, and a guy behind the bench who knows what he's doing, even if it's frustrating at times. Torts is going to change the way they play, at least early on, you'd think to not put too much on whoever is in net, and to take some pressure off fo the forwards to have to score enough to win games 4-3. The more "typical" season from a drama standpoint only figures to help too.
I agree with what you are saying too Matt... This quote kind of strikes me as a little funny from Bob "But he has many advantages. It was with the arrival of Tortsa that the team began to play in a new way. He set discipline. He demanded the maximum from each player. We began to constantly go to the playoffs."
Its like he likes the results but not the process. To me, you cant have both.
In my opinion, Bob never wanted to be here. Personally, I'm glad he's gone. He had his good moments, but it was clear in Games 4 and 5 of the 2nd round, that he was done. I can remember so many times sitting in my seat wondering "which" Bob would show up each night...Looking forward to a fresh start. I think the goaltender situation will be better than ever. Elvis or the other newby(Can't say his name...LOL) will be fresh and ready to make their mark. Don't see Korpi being in the mix...but could be wrong. I think CBJ is flying under the radar right now. They will be a good team. Don't forget, they were doing pretty good b4 Dutchy and Zinger got here. I actually think they took a step back with the new additions. Andy is gonna be up for a raise, so he will definitely step up even more this season. Gus will be a great add to the team, and I'm absolutely certain that Jarmo has a big surprise up his sleeve...If you're gonna take a chance and make a Vegas bet on CBJ, now is the time. Odds are huge to make some money! I only had $100 on Vegas making the Stanley Cup final 2 years ago, and that paid huge on 500 to 1 odds!
See you all soon. Go Jackets!
It’s just time to move on for both sides. Under the collective bargaining agreement, Bob has earned that right but I completely agree that Florida will regret this contract, no later than in year four. Besides, we have at least three very good goalie prospects in the pipeline in addition to Korpi, so the odds that one or more of them will turn out to be an excellent NHL goalie. IMO, Bob was a locker room diva and he still hasn’t completely proved that he can play well in the clutch; he needs more than one solid playoff series to get that monkey off his back.
This isn't news. When the coach of an NHL team says his best player (who BTW is the main reason the CBJ were in the playoffs) might want to think abt going to a psychologist
regarding his play, you have ruined the clubs relationship with said player, (if he has options). It's that simple.
It will be a long yr w/o BOB
& never should have happened.
Torts was not wrong but this should have been discussed privately and not aired out in the media.
Bob has one good playoff series out of what? 4? 5? (Including Philly). Despite his whining, it may be that Torts was right.
You could also make a case that after game 3 vs. Boston, he was very ordinary this year.
I could make the case that, other than the TB series, Bob has, at best, looked ordinary in every playoff series.
Very true. He was still very good in the first couple of games in Boston, especially game 2 in OT.
The playoff loss to the eventual champion Caps in 2018 was not on Bob imo - CBJ’s power play was the glaring weakness.
That said, Bob sounds a little diva-ish in this interview. Probably best for all parties he has moved on.
The power play was certainly a problem, yes. But a .900 save % and 3.18 GAA are not good enough. Like I said earlier, there was at least one goal in every game that should've been stopped.
I am glad we didn't give Bob $10M for 8 years. That is a big risk, and most cup champions aren't paying a goalie top end cash. Bob is elite, but I want no part of the back half of that deal.
Agree with Puck64. It was the not-so-good Bob in Boston game 4 & 5.
But to be fair, the Refs & NHL in game 4, wanted Boston to NOT to go down
3 games to 1! After all the skewed penalties in Boston's favor.
Bob and the whole CBJ momentum was gone.
C'est La Vie Bob. Here's to the CBJ putting 7 up on you in a game this year!