Post-Game Talk: Cole's Plus/Minus: Polamalu leads the Pens to their 8th straight!

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  1. Empoleon8771

    Empoleon8771 It's Sprong's Fault

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    He's on a 4 game point streak though and has 8 points in his last 12 games. I don't know how you can still be concerned by him. You may not like the way he looks when he plays, but he's giving great results right now.
     
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    I’ve already said it countless times - the org views him as a budding top six power fwd, and I couldn’t disagree anymore. That means he’s going to be forced with Crosby or Malkin at some point, maybe soon, maybe next year, but it’s what they are hoping for and the idea makes me ill.

    Those guys don’t want to play with pluggers, especially Crosby. There’s a reason Hornqvist doesn’t play with him, and ZAR isn’t even on the same planet as Horny.

    If ZAR was simply viewed as a bottom sixer, I’d like him a **** load more, despite his potato feet.
     
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    Empoleon8771 It's Sprong's Fault

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    Eh I don't think Sullivan is the kind of coach that pigeon-holes a guy into a spot he doesn't fit, to be honest. As long as the Penguins have Rust, Guentzel, Simon, Hornqvist and Kessel under contract, I'm not too worried about them playing ZAR in the top-6. They may view him as a potential top-6 forward, but there's just too many good top-9 wingers for him to stick there if he's not playing to that caliber.

    I think he'll probably end up being the long term LWer for the 3rd line that goes into the top-6 when Rust or Hornqvist gets hurt. Outside of injuries, I don't think it's super likely he breaks into the top-6 long-term. He'll either be viewed as the physical winger to complement Kessel or as a part of a shutdown 3rd line. They may view him as a budding top-6 caliber forward, but I'm not sure that means they plan on using him in the top-6 going forward. If you don't like his game, you can at least calm your fears because the Penguins will likely have the coach and the wing depth where he won't stick in the top-6 unless he performs.
     
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    I see him as a guy that can either help in a fourth line role, or be a detriment in the top six.

    If he stays in the bottom six, I’ll be a much bigger ZAR fan than I am now. Which basically means I’ll go from loathing him, to liking him more than Kuhn.
     
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    Suggesting that this is just an oh by the way sort of point is something else. Corsi can be taken way too far but to be a 42% CF on this team is pretty f'ing hard to do...that's brutal.
     
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    Yeah, that is what pisses me off about my boy Brassard. Body language is terrible. He looks miserable. Lots of gliding, no effort. Smart olayer so he is not a net negative most of the time... does nothing really positive either.
     
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    I thought he looked alright right at the beginning of the year. Doing the right things, making the right plays but our whole bottom 6 was off so the results just weren’t there.

    As you said now the body language is bad and he’s not pushing hard. He just exists and just gets by. Eventually you have to move on from someone like that. Trusting him to play hard when when need someone to step up is getting further and further away.
     
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    I do not get it though.

    Great team, tight lockerroom, easy "in" for him given his friendship with Letang... gotta be something wrong at home or something. Maybe he hates it on L3 with very little PP... but it is his UFA year. Better way for him to get paid is to perform, put the Pens over the top and get that Cup win rub...
     
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    I'd say he's done a decent job as a top 6 fill-in during injuries too.
     
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    Empoleon8771 It's Sprong's Fault

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    The sad thing is that he's not even the worse in terms of CF% :laugh:

    I don't think shot attempts matter more than shots for, which JJ is at about 50% for.

    Like I said, I don't view him as being super likely for being in the top-6 long term. There's just too many guys better than him that deserve top-6 minutes. When the Penguins trade Rust or Hornqvist? I'll be more concerned then. I think it's more likely he ends up being Kessel's long term LW on the 3rd line, assuming that's where the team views Kessel for the long run.

    I've been happy with him in a top-6 role, so if he ends up a 3rd liner that gets spot duty in the top-6 as injuries, I'll be satisfied with that. As long as they don't view him as Crosby's long term RWer, I don't have much to complain about with him. Granted, I'm also kinda drunk right now, so maybe you should take my opinion with a grain of salt :laugh:
     
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    It's the same Brassard I remember from Columbus. Always left something to be desired. I don't know why that didn't happen in New York or Ottawa, but this is why the Jackets traded him.
     
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    It’s quite the mystery. I don’t think Sully or JR have much more insight either given the comments to the journo’s. Paraphrasing it was give him some good linemates (Pearson/Kessel) and he has to figure it out.
     
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    I think he’s looking better. And he score a goal and a PP assist and then was technically part of the Maatta sequence on Friday.

    I don’t think we improve or get a “better fit” at C as easily as some say. I think center is the toughest hole to correct in season. I guess that is a reason to trade him because of the value. But, I’d be very worried I’d say Malkin has a nagging injury and we have no legit back-up or Sid gets a cross check to the head where one of them misses a few games or a series.
     
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    I mean, on paper, that's a first line.

    Of course, in Pitt, he is not going to get first line minutes. He needs to figure it out, indeed. Maybe he is TOO confortable... but he looks miserable.

    Weird.
     
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    Maybe he's thinking the best way for him to get paid is to get traded to somewhere where he has a better platform and doesn't want to risk getting an injury that ruins that when he doesn't have to. Lets not forget he's had a miserable time with those - I'd be a little worried about getting another one in his shoes.

    I dunno. Right now I think the only thing to do is leave him on that line, cross your fingers, and do some scouting just in case.
     
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    Howe played as a D for Detroit for a while in the sixties. He wasn't just dominant offensively. Not saying Mario wasn't great at some aspects defensively but Howe was more complete IMO.
    He was fitter than Mario, for starters, at pretty much any comparable age, had less injuries, lasted much longer. How much credit do you give Mario for taking 3 years off?
    Not trying to dump on perhaps the most talented Hockey player ever, but it really is not hard to make the argument that Howe had a greater career.
     
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