Thursday, February 16, 2012

Matt Stajan Is Useless

So here is the thing, gang. Matt Stajan is useless. Breaking news.

Stajan's crime this time? Cammalleri playing centre.

Here are the guys listed as a 'C' on the game log. (Yes, perfectly aware they all are not utilized as a 'C', thanks). Kolanos, Joker, Stajan, Byron, Horak, Bouma, and (now) Cammo.

'And (now) Cammo', to me, is a problem. Kolanos, Byron, Horak, and Bouma are guys who should, at this point in their careers, be playing bottom six roles, if at all, in the NHL. While Kolanos, Byron, and Horak is a great scoring line in the AHL, I don't think it would translate very well over 82 in the NHL. And of those guys mentioned, only Bouma (wha?) is big enough, in my opinion, to be playing a role in the bottom six.

 That leaves one guy on the roster who could maybe, possibly, if-coach-is-drunk-enough-ly, be looked at to play some minutes at centre so that Cammo doesn't have to, and that guy is Matt Stajan. The guy who makes 3.5 million dollars a year. The guy who makes 18 grand a game, where he usually plays like 8 minutes a night.

Yet, the coach didn't even risk it. The coach moved Cammo to C, instead of moving Stajan to play up in the top six, so as to keep Cammo (and his shot) on the wing. In fact, the coach was using, as the de facto second line, a combination of Tommy K/Cammo/Comeau. Which is pretty fucking terrible for an NHL team.

When the team is healthy, Matt Stajan plays a bottom six role. Poorly, because he is Matt Stajan, and when Matt Stajan isn't scoring, he isn't doing anything else. When the team is reeling from injuries and the effects of 'centre depth', Matt Stajan plays...a bottom six role. For 3.5 million dollars.

If you are a regular visitor, you know I don't think very highly of Coach Junior. But Sutter played in the league and has seen the thang. He has coached a lot of players. I may not love his philosophy, but I'm not going to deny he has one. And to me, the fact that coach would rather play a line of Kostopoulos/Cammalleri/Comeau than move Stajan up to play with Cammo speaks volumes about his utility, real or perceived, on this team.

Ergo, Matt Stajan is useless. I realize there is not much you can do about while Backlund, Moss, and Jones are out. I also realize the team doesn't have the cap space (or assets, more importantly) to go out and bring in a guy who can play either (partly because Stajan makes 3.5). But his uselessness shouldn't be tolerated. How many of you out there freak out when a team dresses an enforcer? And you can at least make an argument as to the wisdom of having an enforcer on the roster. What argument can you make for Stajan?

The team should shit or get off the pot. At 3.5 million, you either have to be the best checking centre in the league, or you have to play in the top six. Stajan isn't the former, so if the team isn't going to play him, they have to get rid of him. You have to trade him, or send him down, or buy him out.

Trading the guy seems unrealistic. He is signed until 2014. Not only that, the team doesn't play him in any role that would enhance his value, so they can't sell him as a specialist of any sort. Further, he has never played in the playoffs in the NHL. You can't even sell him as an experienced veteran. Maybe you can get lucky and some team takes him for a second rounder (like the Kotalik deal) but I doubt that is out there.

But again, the only reason Stajan is taking a shift is because of injuries. Ideally, they should look to move him at this deadline. If the team can't, they have to get rid of him using the other two options, which are to buy him out, or permanently send him down to the AHL.

From what I see from capgeek, you can send him down. I think the fact they didn't do this at the beginning of the year speaks to the owners being cheap, quite frankly. But if they don't do it at the start of next year, I think it will be cemented fact that the owners are cheaping out when it comes to finding a solution to this problem.

If Edwards does want to cheap out, fine. But then they have to buy him out. Here's the damage to that (which I would bet a lot of you have seen anyways). I don't know if you want to be burning cap space, but in this case, I will light the fucking match myself. Again, you can't use Stajan on the wing, at least we haven't seen any sign he is capable of that, and he can't really play centre in the NHL. He is useless, so his presence off your roster is actually worth paying for, in my opinion.

I think if this season has shown me anything, it is that you can get away with a lot of 'fuck it' with regards to the roster if you have a big line going, a couple blueliners, and a goalie. Why couldn't the club go with a bottom six that features Backlund and Jones at centre? If the club keeps Olli, it would have a top six of Tangs, Joker, Iggy, Glencross, and Cammo. If Stajan can't play with them, he shouldn't be on the roster, period. Ideally, he should be sent down so the club could spend that money on a real top six centre, but even if they cheap out, the buy out still gives them about a million and a half dollars more to work with then they would have with Stajan on the roster.

Because keeping him on the roster is stupid, because he is useless.

Furthermore, I think Peter Loubardias Ken King should be fired.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Rick Nash's List

Reports are now trickling in that Rick Nash's Moustache has requested a trade. Story developing...

The hockey world was on fire with the news that premier power forward Rick Nash, who has seen his career languish away in Columbus, has asked for a trade and could be moved at the deadline.

While the news sparked a wave of action across the phone lines of General Managers across the league, there soon leaked out a caveat to the trade request: Rick Nash would only entertain the thought of being traded to a select group of teams. Rick Nash had a list. And apparently, it is a short one.

Due to the nature of the player involved, trying to figure out which teams were on his list has become a bit of a parlour game. Everybody from your neighbour to your boss is speculating, all seemingly with a source or two who has tipped them off to the truth.

Obviously, this water cooler chatter is probably highly dubious. But how do you know?

Rest easy, Domebeer-aholics, because we here at DB have a crack team of private detectives. We sent them out to find out which teams were on the list, and as always, they came through. No longer do you need to trust your second cousin Harold's mechanic's veterinarian's word as to which teams are on the list.

So without further ado:

Rick Nash's List Of Teams He Would Accept A Trade To:

1) The Detroit Red Wings

2) The Detroit Red Wings

3) The Detroit Red Wings

4) The Detroit Red Wings

5) The Detroit Red Wings

6) The Detroit Red Wings

7) The Detroit Red Wings

8) The Detroit Red Wings

9) The Detroit Red Wings

10) The Detroit Red Wings

There you have it, Domebeer-aholics. The list, it turns out, is longer than expected, featuring ten teams, or about a third of the league. Because the list is so large, the team you cheer for is probably included, which means there will be a buzz and excitement around your favourite team come trade deadline day!

We suggest booking the day off.

Furthermore, I think Peter Loubardias Ken King should be fired.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Dome Beers Valentine Tradition Continues

We are going with Italian poetry this year. From 'Petrarca's Sonnets', because we are fancy pants. 

It was the day the sun's ray had turned pale
with pity for the suffering of his Maker
when I was caught, and I put up no fight,
my lady, for your lovely eyes had bound me.
It seemed no time to be on guard against
Love's blows; therefore, I went my way
secure and fearless-so, all my misfortunes
began in midst of universal woe.
Love found me all disarmed and found the way
was clear to reach my heart down through the eyes
which have become the halls and doors of tears.
It seems to me it did him little honour
to wound me with his arrow in my state
and to you, armed, not show his bow at all.

The damage a trigger happy cupid has caused! 

Monday, February 13, 2012

For Some Reason This Song Reminds Me Of Matt Stajan

To quote the typical CalgaryPuck reader: "I just can't quite figure out the connection..."

Furthermore I think Peter Loubardias Ken King should be fired.