Hi kids. First of all, I didn’t get a chance to say Hi yesterday. We got back from a short trip and found a small lake in our basement from a leaky water heater (some call it a hot water heater, but if it’s hot, why are you heating it?).
So we had to get that fixed on short notice. Then came the news of the Brashear trade.
What did I miss while I was away? Anything interesting in the Comments section? Did everybody behave?
I want to thank all of you who guest-blogged the last two weeks. I didn’t get a chance to scroll every comment board, but I did read each day’s post. They were all fabulous, really. Thought-provoking. Good discussion starters. A few of them were above-and-beyond good.
And special thanks again to Blogmama for running the asylum, and to Josh, 26, for stopping by.
Now, on to the two big moves I missed. I’m withholding judgment on Frolov because, well, that’s probably the smart thing to do. You can’t say what this kid is going to be this year because it’s not possible to know.
When rumors of his signing began a month ago, a lot of us, me included, said, “Zherdev.” Well, we don’t know. Because even if he turns out to be Zherdev, we didn’t know what he was going to be from season to season, week to week, game to game, shift to shift. That’s why he’s gone.
Some people are excited about the idea that this guy scores 20 goals every year. Well, yeah, but Vinny Prospal scored 20 last year. Chris Higgins scored 20 once. Olli Jokinen scored 20. A lot of players can score 20 if given the ice time (I anticipate that even the captain might get 20 next year). There’s nothing remotely elite about scoring 20. And the Rangers have, and have had, a lot of players with 20-goal potential, depending on where they play, and how many minutes.
If Frolov plays with Gaborik, he’d better get more than 20. Ditto Christensen. The Rangers need offense. From everybody. And especially from their top-liners.
I’m not predicting anything on this date, though.
As for the Brashear good-riddance trade, that was a piece of genius. Really. It was a win-win for both teams, Atlanta will give him the boot and eat the cap-hit, but it will have more cap space because of this move.
Todd White — who played with Gaborik a bit in Minnesota, and who can play wing or center, and who can play both ends of the ice and the power play — might turn out to be a Wolf Packer. If so, the Rangers slash even more off their payroll. If not, if he becomes an offensive player again, then for less than a million more than they paid Brashear, they get a contributor without giving up much at all.
Again, I’m not predicting that White will go back to his 73-point form, because he did that playing with Kovalchuk. I’m saying there’s very little risk in having a guy like him around, and if he’s not good enough, then he goes to Hartford.
Good move all around.