Monday, August 27, 2007

2 a.m. Quickie Discussion

Well, it's two in the morning and am cruising the web randomly. Boy, I sure love the Stumble feature on Firefox. I find all kinds of nifty things on tons of topics.

Anyway, on to the discussion I mentioned! With the New York Islanders bringing Bryan Berard to training camp for a tryout, what do you all think of teams bringing back talent they gave up on years ago for a shot against the youngsters?

I am all for it, but I can see some issues arising. 1) The Islanders already gave up on Berard and moved on fairly well. 2) If Bryan makes the team, who sits out? Witt, Sutton, Gervais, Campoli, Bergeron, or Martinek? I doubt he would be picked up to be a seventh defenseman.

With Bryan's statistics the past few years, I can't see giving him a top 6 spot on this team. He is a top 6 defenseman, but I do not see bumping any of the current crew for him.

Would you give him a shot if you were in Garth Snow's shoes? Would you gamble with Bryan if you have a capable core and depth already? Can you afford to pick him up and his defensive liability in today's NHL?

7 comments:

Avsfan19 said...

I'd give him exactly what they're currently giving him. A shot at training camp to wow me. Anything short of that, and training camp would be the furthest he gets on Long Island.

Eggshmeg said...

I think that he's worth a shot, if he surprises you, great, if he sucks, no harm done. I think he can still play at the NHL level, just not for the Islanders.

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Psycom said...

But if he makes it out of training camp, the only 2 expendable people on the Isles blue line are Gervais and Campoli. I would have either of those two youngsters over Berard at this point in his career.

Avsfan19 said...

Well that's the thing, he would have to be even better than that. Better to have more defensemen capable of playing top 4 minutes and trading one or keeping one for reserves than having just enough.

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Eggshmeg said...

What did you say?