Friday, September 21, 2007

MacT on Souray: 'Did you see him bomb that one? Wow!'


Craig MacTavish had some interesting things to say about our "prize" acquisition Sheldon Souray after last night's 5-4 loss to Vancouver. Souray was undoubtedly the goat of the game, letting the puck hop past him on a bad pinch on an Oilers powerplay in the dying seconds and allowing Brad freaking Isbister blow by and pot the winner on a 2-on-1 with 2.5 seconds to go. But #44 also gave Oiler fans a glimpse of his upside when he unloaded an absolutely scoff-worthy bullet on the PP in the first that beat goaltender Cory Schneider before he even knew there was a shot. Great goal for, terrible goal against. High event. That'll be Souray's contribution this season in a nutshell, I think.

Here's MacT on Souray after the game (from the Sun):

One shot. One goal. A bullet from the right point that Vancouver Canucks goalie Cory Schneider never saw — even though he wasn't screened.

"You see him bomb that one?" said head coach Craig MacTavish. "Wow! I knew he had a shot, but that thing was in and out of the net before the goalie even thought he was shooting it."

"We've been anxious to get him in," said MacTavish, licking his chops after what he saw. "Just on special teams alone. When you have a weapon like that there are so many more opportunities."

But before we get too excited:
"He's probably a career 35- or 45-point guy," said MacTavish, who wants to bring the big guy along carefully in the preseason. "Sixty-four points (this year) is a little unrealistic, but you never know."
A fair assessment, but you have to wonder if Lowe is happy with his coach going around calling the Oilers' BIG UFA SIGNING and $6-million man a 35- to 45-point man. People might start wondering why Lowe felt Souray was a better value, than, say.... oh... forget it. You know who I'm talking about. That guy who's going to get 70+ points for a division rival this year. The Oiler killer.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

35 to 45 point guy ... as long as that 35 to 45 points includes at least 20 goals thats fine.

LittleFury said...

And if those 35-45 points are for his own team, so much the better.

fever4flames said...

PS: souray is horrible.

Chris! said...

Whoever you are, I love your work.

mike w said...

You know what's worse than a troll? A troll who spams.

Devin said...

I liked you better as fever4falmes

uni said...

He keeps spamming blogs to try to get people to pay attention to him and his blog.

But ease up on the poor fellow, he obviously doesn't have much education and is started for attention.

therealdeal said...

Career 35-45 point guy? Just as likely to cause a goal against as for? Seems like we had a similar guy for a lot cheaper...hmmm....

Rod said...

Right. One aspect of their game is somewhat similar, therefore they're the same player. I was happy MAB is gone, and I don't care price he was, or how Grebs turns out.

Here's a few differences in their game:
- could MAB hit? (other than the playoff game in his rookie year when he sent Morrow flying)
- can MAB kill penalties?
- could MAB consistently get the puck through to the net on the power-play?
- does Souray panic?
- does Souray give the puck away as much as MAB?
- does Souray refuse to learn from mistakes:
---Bergeron, SCF, Game 1, game tied in 3rd period, Oiler powerplay, rolling puck goes along boards toward Staios at left point, checker right on him...but MAB doesn't anticipate anything...stays planted several feet inside the blue line until after the puck gets past Staios (pass would never have gone across ice anyway at that point, so he could have covered for his partner by backing up into the neutral zone without losing any offensive possibilities)...Carolina scores short-handed goal to take their first lead...post-game, Don Cherry accurately describes MAB's effort on the play as "pickin' his nose daydreaming"...
---almost identical play repeats last season, results in a short handed goal as MAB was caught up ice, failing to cover for his partner on the PP

How about we see the new #44 in the lineup for a while before declaring him as the new MAB. The ending the other night wasn't great, but it was pre-season. #44's second day on the ice, for that matter.

Tonight's game paired with Greene should be interesting. ;-)

mike w said...

You're glad that MAB is gone, and you don't care if the trade pans out?

Did Bergeron stab your puppy or something?

MAB is a good low pairing defenceman who was overplayed last year. His game suffered no doubt, but at this point he's much better than Grebeshkov.

thin oil said...

You fail to mention the worst part of the trade: the fact that we can't send Grebs down to the NHL without putting him on waivers (not something Lowe would like to do). So Grebs, a fairly crappy player, is edging out Tom Gilbert, who by all indications would be a hell of a good NHLer.

What a headache.

Rod said...

Good line Mike. OK, maybe I overstated. No puppies harmed, I just didn't see MAB as an asset. He brought some positives to be sure, but I thought the negatives far outweighed them...to the point I was glad someone else took him. That's not to say I'd have been happy to see any trade, so I did overstate. For example, trading MAB for Rathje would have been a bad trade. ;-)

MAB better than Grebs "at this point" isn't entirely relevant in my view. MAB had clearly plateaued in this development, and there wasn't much room further upside. Beyond bottom pair? No chance. As shown many, many times. Grebeshkov appears--even at this early stage--to have a nice toolset. Don't forget that MAB is three years older than Grebeshkov.

The Gilbert angle is good point. However, it can be argued that the heavy load he'll take on in Springfield will do him more good than rotating between 6th and the press box here. Later in the year, Gilbert likely gets a call-up (injuries happen, especially with the Oilers luck). Trades happen (at this point, I think Greene should be moved...some of the same reasons as MAB...plateaued to a certain extent, although he still has top 4 potential...maybe). I agree that Gilbert will be a good NHLer. There's no reason that can't be later this season, or next year for that matter.

Anonymous said...

Is there anywhere one can listen to tonight's game? It doesn't seem to be on Center Ice.

Anonymous said...

nm, i guess its on calgary radio

Anonymous said...

nm, its on 630 ched too...

Anonymous said...

That bomb is simply orgasmic. I loved Penner's interview: "I'm going to work on my wincing"