We would like to present the stat we think is important when it comes to Rene:
Also, you can check out the TSN page for his trips to the injury list.
You probably know where we are going with this. It's pop psychology and we get that. But we think Rene plays passively, plays small, because he is protecting himself. He hurt his shoulder real bad a few years ago (if we remember correctly). We think that type of injury, you carry it with you the rest of your life. In other words, the shoulder will never be 100%, dude knows it, and is careful of it.
Hence, he doesn't play like 6'2, 215 along the boards. Him being made of glass isn't new. Hey, look at this! Crazy.
Sometimes, it sucks being right.
The other point is that everyone who sees this guy as a 40 goal scorer...fuck off. Dude is damn near 30. It's the same shit with Glencross. You people think he is a 30 goal scorer. Guy has never scored 30, and he is 28 years old. If Glencross gets 20, you should be happy. Anything more than that is a bonus, and it shouldn't be banked on. Bourque has scored 30 goals in professional hockey one time. In Norfolk. If Bourque gets you 20 goals, you should be happy. Anything more than that is gravy.
Honestly, what we are going to highlight is this is yet another contract that was signed in the Darryl Era that did not pan out. What we are interested in, then, is what were the basic practices that the Flames employed during the Darryl Era as it related to scouting free agents, and in signing and negotiating contracts.
Obviously, this being Dome Beers, we want to know if the decision to say yes or no went through Ken King, as it does now, or if Ken King abdicated himself of that responsibility during the Darryl Era. But even beyond that, we want to know if the Flames have even done the basic self analysis that any real organization would have made. Have the Flames even looked at their practices? What changes have they made?
Outta time. More later, maybe.
Furthermore, I think
P.S. Keenan paraphrase: "My top four defencemen where hurt, and they still fired me. I don't mind saying this, because this is what I said to Ken King when he fired me."