Saturday, April 18, 2015

Second Look At McGrattan?

If Hartley wants to go beefy, I think you go with Bollig/Shore/McGrattan. I don't know if it's possible to play this combination of players, what with McGrattan not being, you know, on the NHL roster. But if it is, and you want beef, that's a good place to start. Hartley is already showing an unwillingness to play his fourth line very much, so I don't know if I'm too worried about them burning us by playing them. More of a deterrent.

Of course, to do that, you'd have to sit some players who are better at playing hockey than the aforementioned are. But if Hartley is in the school of thought that the games are going to get less pretty and more heavy, and is eager to sacrifice skill to play size, then I'd expect to see something like that.

Myself? I'm not so sure. I'd definitely sit Bollig for McGrattan (again, if that's even allowable under the rules) if I was looking for a bit of a 'cheaper' nuclear option. I think, perhaps strangely, the presence of a vet like McGrattan, who enforcers the game the right way, would calm both sides down moreso than Bollig's presence has.

But I don't know if I'm looking for a nuclear option. If I was Hartley, I just might take Bieksa's advice and play Raymond. Vancouver is playing all their lines. And our team has injuries. Or at the very least our top skill guys are playing more hesitantly than they have before. We need as many guys in the lineup who can potentially put the puck in the net or make and accept a pass as possible, if you ask me.

Furthermore, I think Peter Loubardias should be fired.