Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Suddenly Souray doesn't look so bad

Uh, I assume everybody has seen this news.


For just under a million more at least the Oilers have a guy that can shoot.

Hainsey provides little offense and hasn't really been playing anybody while pretty much floating between the 2nd and 3rd pairing on that team. To top it off he was -10 at ES last year with those minutes and -15 at ES the year before with arguably even easier competition.

In the last two years Hainsey has managed just 19 points in over 42 hours of even strength hockey. That's bad for any defenseman. His PP production over those two years is more respectable at 4.3 PPP/hr, but still nothing to see here.

Atlanta is never going to figure this out.


Blogger HBomb said...


Who is going to suck more next year - Atlanta or Toronto?

Probably Atlanta. After Sundin drags out his bidding war for two weeks, he'll inexplicably decide he wants to go back to the Leafs, and Toronto will inexplicably sign him.

7/02/2008 10:07 pm  
Blogger Jonathan said...

You know, I'm really not convinced that Doug MacLean is a worse GM than Don Waddell.

No, seriously.

7/02/2008 10:22 pm  
Blogger Doogie2K said...

Amusing fact: despite all that, Hainsey still placed third in CBJ scoring last year, just ahead of former Oiler Jason Chimera.

7/03/2008 1:39 pm  
Blogger misfit said...

The main difference is, Atlanta is trying to make the cap floor, whereas we are a cap team. Having an overpaid 2/3 pairing defenceman when you need to add salary just to be allowed to play in the league and don't have any other (or better) options is one thing. To do it when you can spend close to the cap, and already have a better defenceman willing to play for almost 1/3 the cost is another.

Plus, Souray didn't play great opposition (5th among regular defencemen according to Desjardins), and had at least as good if not better D partner (Rivet vs Klesla) when he managed to achieve a -28 last year (and was on pace for close to the same with us this past season).

Sheldon Souray actually played better than I thought he would, but he's got a long way to go still before he starts looking good.

7/03/2008 3:46 pm  

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