Admittedly, the last round of quotes were hard to take. Marty really seems to come off like it's all about him right now. I can't blame him for it entirely because Lou and PDB seem to be playing right into it, for reasons I can't grasp at all. Funny, Lou was the last GM on Earth that I thought would allow a faded star to Messier his way into having too much power and too much say, but that's what's happening, and I can't believe that it actually is.
One guy has an .884 save% in his last 16 starts and has given up 3+ goals 10 times in that stretch.
The other one has a .937 save% in his last 16 starts and has given 3+ goals twice.
Is it too much to ask the beat guys to question Lou and PDB about this, why they seem to either be oblivious to this, or at the very least, seem very willing to ignore it? Because I need this explained to me, how a guy whose play is clearly been among the worst as of late gets the same treatment as the guy whose play is just as clearly among the best. Hell, if Marty was in the .900-.910 range somewhere over his last 16, I could at least understand it a little, but .884 is fvcking terrible, and there's no way to polish that one to make it look better than it really is.
That’s what i was thinking, why isn't TG or anyone putting it to them like that.
I'd disagree with that. He got less PP time (9% instead of 26%) and more SH time this year. Last year he played with Kovalchuk, this year primarily with Ryder. Yeah, he got (a lot) more o-zone starts but given how poor this team is at scoring 5v5, it's tough to hold his production against him (relative to the rest of the team). Hell, I think your statement works for 10 or 11 out of NJ's forwards.
His level of production was more an afterthought when looking at the statistics. Clearly a number of players are underperforming compared to what was expected.
Feisty was pointing out that he was getting time with skilled players in the time that he was on ice, and Mike stated that he needed more minutes with skilled players to be successful.
I was just pointing out that our top 6 players tend to get minutes in situations that Lokti was not suited for, and just giving him more minutes with those players wouldn’t have necessarily lead to more success or better production. Mike has posed similar arguments for players like Bernier. Basically that the whole 2nd line , 3rd line thing doesn't really apply that much in reality.
Last year is irrelevant because he has still been given oppertunities this year with the best of what we have. Mike was suggesting he had been playing with Gionta and Carter ina purley defensive setting for only 12 minutes a game, where the staticstics would indicate otherwise.