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Comment 24 Aug 2019

Jarmo also didn't go out and get a center, which is a definite weakness. Sure Boone and Fligs can play center, but neither are top six worthy. PLD is developing into a true #1C, but not quite there, yet. And Wennberg is either a buyout candidate or going to Seattle after this season, having lost his guts after being injured in the playoffs, two years ago. The Jackets have a glut of NHL and NHL ready defensemen. You can't tell me that he couldn't have used one or two of them to swing a trade for a real middle six center when so many teams have glaring weaknesses on the blue line.

Comment 21 Aug 2019

To me, this is a toss up. History shows that Torts starts losing the room around his 3rd or 4th year with a team. So, historically, we should expect him to completely lose the room before the end of the upcoming season. Yet, how can anyone blame Torts for Jarmo trading away huge hunks of the team's future in a doomed to fail bid to win the Cup, then watches the team's three best players walk and replaced them with a pretty good forward and a pack of untried rookies (2 of whom have never played on North American ice!!!) and expect Torts to win. Sure, the head coach is, ultimately, responsible for the results, but it's the responsibility of the GM to provide him with players capable of producing positive results.

Comment 16 Aug 2019

Playing goalie for the Ohio Warriors, I had the opportunity to play on European sized ice on an outdoor rink in Pittsburgh several times. On a larger rink, there is more passing to set up shots. Also, rebound angles are different. Many players shoot from further out and at wider angles in hopes of setting up a shot for a teammate on the other side of the crease. Finally, on smaller ice, forwards tend to cluster around the crease and barrage the goalie with shots, knowing they can shoot off rebounds faster than the goalie can react, leading to a higher likelihood of a goal. If you want to take it down to one sentence, European leagues emphasize skill for forwards because larger ice allows it while North American leagues emphasize force and power due to tighter confines.

Comment 12 Aug 2019

The Jackets' weakness at center is one of the reasons I think they're not making the playoffs. PLD is the only legitimate NHL center on the roster. Wennberg has avoided getting physical since being injured in the playoffs against Washington, last year. He's a buyout candidate, next off season. Jenner and Fligs can play center, but neither is really an NHL level center. Without Duchene, the Jackets are thin at center.

Comment 11 Aug 2019

Maybe you remember a story on Channel 10, a couple of years ago, about JLGP trying sled hockey and scoring a goal, plus giving everyone a laugh because he kept going over on his back. I was the goalie on his team. I spent about 5 minutes before the exhibition talking to him and trying (though obviously failing) to teach him how to sit in a sled and keep his balance. Great guy, obviously still loves hockey (both playing and watching), still loves the Jackets and has become a strong supporter of sled hockey. Even if he doesn't get the broadcast job, he'd be a great ambassador for the team.

Comment 08 Aug 2019

Kromwell will either sign with the Red Wings (again) or retire. Both Gardiner and Stone are, both, older than Savard, our oldest defenseman. I see no logic in acquiring an older d-man, then (probably) trading a younger d-man. The other two are not any better than any of the four young d-men we have who will be fighting for the 6 & 7 spots on the blueline. For me, this is a non-starter.

Comment 05 Aug 2019

But Gavrikov is exactly why I don't understand why Jarmo hasn't traded Savard or Murray for some forward help. With Zack, Jones, Savard, Murray, Nuti and Gavrikov, there's a very good six. Then, you have Kukan, Harrington and (Aww, crap,forgot his name) that other kid who came in during the playoffs when Nuti was hurt and didn't look out of place. That's an embarrassment of riches and an opportunity.

Comment 05 Aug 2019

But Gavrikov is exactly why I don't understand why Jarmo hasn't traded Savard or Murray for some forward help. With Zack, Jones, Savard, Murray, Nuti and Gavrikov, there's a very good six. Then, you have Kukan, Harrington and (Aww, crap,forgot his name) that other kid who came in during the playoffs when Nuti was hurt and didn't look out of place. That's an embarrassment of riches and an opportunity.