Greene was never piss tested, correct? Then he was never in their plans in the first place. I think you have some dumb people in the process. It took years for Bylsma to get the Pens' sticks aligned properly on the PP. Don Waddell is around and supposedly his scouting reports were very important to the process. Of course, he works for the Pens. lol. I love the part where he trashes Byfuglien, forgetting that basically Byfuglien was their eventual return for Kovalchuk. Burke is probably just drunk again. The Ryan for Johnson comment is some really bitter sh!t.
I wouldn't compare them to 06, though, that 06 team was horrible. Nightmare combination of the guys from the 90's plus guys who were in over their heads
No, he wasn't, and honestly I can see why he wasn't (although again, it's beyond ridiculous that Jack Johnson is even in the conversation for team USA)
Waddell was removed from being GM by the time they got Byfuglien - Rick Dudley was behind that move. That also wasn't their eventual return for Kovalchuk - they had Oduya and Bergfors and Cormier too. Nonetheless Waddell was totally out a year later.
As for Ryan, he's not a play driver, but he does look to be one of the few shooting percentage drivers. I dunno. That's a tough call for me, though I guess the US does have room for that. Still, he wears a defenseman's number as a forward.
Edited by Triumph, 02 January 2014 - 12:24 PM.