I posted this photo of Thomas Gradin in December when there was a chance Mats Sundin would be a Canuck. Now that Sundin has signed (and may well play in tonight’s game), I wonder if Sundin can help Vancouver as much as Gradin did in 1982.
My guess is more, and Gradin was a terrific player.
The NW division is once again completely insane. After last night’s action the Flames are a distant bell, you can see Vancouver on a clear day and Minnesota, Edmonton and Colorado are among a group of 9 teams fighting for the final three spots in the western conference.
A win tonight would go a long way.
For those who don’t live in Edmonton, I can tell you the Reddox Vs. Schremp debate is raging in our town. It seems the latest hot button item has the coach not seeing the forest for the trees in regard to his love for Liam “Toby Petersen 2.0″ Reddox and his pure hatred for Schremp.
I don’t think that’s the issue here. The issue is that MacT appears to be ready to match lines and shorten the bench and his go-to group includes people like Andrew Cogliano. Cogs had a nice rookie season and has some sustain in year 2 of his NHL career.
The game against NYI the other night gave those who believe that MacT would rather play a veteran no-talent than a kid didn’t have the facts on their side:
- Gagner 16.45
- Cole 15.16
- Nilsson 15.07
- Cogliano 14.32
- Penner 13.35
- Horcoff 13.28
- Pouliot 13.04
- Moreau 13.00
- Brodziak 9.43
- Reddox 9.17
- Stortini 8.48
- Strudwick 8.48
So, for those who would like Schremp re-called, I have a question. The “Schremp minutes” in this group are taken by Gagner and Nilsson (Cogs is taking on a different role from what I can see, he’s not seeing as many Tomas Pock minutes–correct me if I’m wrong) so which one do you rest to play Schremp?
Meanwhile, Liam lined up with Horcoff and Penner early against Comrie, Comeau and Okposo. NYI defenders were Brendan Witt and Freddy Meyer. It looks like the Islanders had the Josh Bailey line on early but dumped out 7 seconds into the shift in favor of the forwards above. With Horcoff injured I’m not certain who thought they were making hay but still and all Reddox is on the ice with some decent hockey players.
I think he’s making progress and that’s worth diddly squat. What does have value is the opinion of the head coach, who remains onside at this point with Liam Reddox. I thought he’d be sent back down a few weeks ago for seasoning; with each additional game (especially when he’s out there against actual players) Reddox is gaining clearance on Schremp as an NHL player.
He’s up to about 60 at-bats now. If he gets to 100 and is still here, the Edmonton Oilers may have a player.