Saturday, March 24, 2007
Mmm, maybe not.
With an injury list still close to double digits and with three of those being top four Dmen and with tonight being the last home game of the year, well, lets just say that last night might have been the last taste of victory for the club this season.
I'm thinking top five pick, maybe top three. Lowetide has been looking at some of the possibilities.
Emailed Dan Barnes yesterday after he ripped the team following their performance on Wednesday. Basically asked him what gives. How could he rip guys for quitting when management quit back in July. He replied that he has been taking management and the coaches to task all season but that he could not let the players get away with a performance like Wednesday's.
Anyhow last night saw the return of Hemsky, Reasoner and Gilbert. Hemsky scored. Reasoner scored the shootout winner. Gilbert played nearly 24 minutes and assisted on the tying goal.
Dan Syvret played 13 minutes instead of 25 and Bryan Young played only 7.
Big difference on the back end.
Looks like they're going to see what Gilbert can do over these last couple of weeks. He'll be getting the icetime Syvret was getting.
I think, based on nothing more then my gut and what I've read and heard, that Gilbert is the best of all of the kids we've seen this season, including Smid and Greene. I've barely even seen him play so what can I say? By all accounts he has a head for the game and the reports have been glowing from everywhere.
Hope that when/if Lowe clears out that blueline logjam that Tommy is one of those who stays.
And Thoresen gets almost twenty minutes last night, ends as a plus two and picks up another assist.
One of the few bright spots this season. And the only guy who got a positive review after Wednesday's debacle.
Not much left to see here. Lupul and Sykora finally scored and Lupul's goal was one of those we were expecting all season - a big one.
I think the kid is hopeless but we all know he's going nowhere this summer.
Anyhow, I know a lot of fans have been enjoying this freefall, partially for how embarassing it has been for Kevin Lowe and the organization and partially because a top five pick is better then another one in the mid teens. I'm glad that they stopped the slide though. The guys I feel bad for are guys like Smith, Roloson and Horcoff. After coming so close last season and then being put into the position they were this season ... lets face it, these guys aren't going to carry a team to glory by themselves, although Roloson did a fair job in the fall; they're good solid pros, however, and deserve better then to be made a laughing stock.
Their GM, on the other hand ...
Posted by Black Dog at 7:55 AM