Good afternoon my friend. It seems you have had some good news to share since your last visit. Your goalie is locked up until Cain or Romney’s second term, and your team is playing pretty hot since then. This is all good news, but you don’t seem too overwhelmingly happy?
You tell me your Captain isn’t playing overly impressive, you’re worried about his contract as well as his friend and partner. You’re also a bit worried about the injury bug and the third defensive pariring. Part of you at least wants some type of move to be made regarding the young charming back up netminder. And it’s also possible our good friend and assistant to the general manager could be on a short flight north of here to a new office.
Take a tissue, have some tea. The doctor is in.
Firstly in regard to the captain and star defender Shea Weber, Ryan Suter is playing out of his mind right now. Both players are 26, and still growing if you can believe that in their knowledge of the game. In Suter’s case, he’s playing more like the #1 defender at the current moment. But since we’re being honest in here, we can all admit they need each other to succeed. Will this always be the case? No, maybe. But together they’re downright dominating. Sure, you were quick to point out that Ryan Suter has 3 goals, but both have 7 points and both are a a stellar +6 and +7 in the hated plus/minus. Both are averaging over 26 minutes a night, playing and shutting down the opponents top lines. Do not worry friend, your captain is still one bad SOB. Remember him taking a swipe at the net against the Lightning? No one even wanted to touch him.
Just because he looks all dreamy right now without his lumberjack beard doesn’t make him any less intimidating.
Right now, Suter is playing like a man possessed, Weber just has his back instead of it being the other way around. No worries, this could be good for everyone involved.
No, I have no idea what’s the plan for the third pairing. Francis Boullion is doing quite well in his return to lineup, and he’ll mess you up, boy.
Your other pressing matter you mentioned was the matter of the young talented Anders Lindback. The franchise has made a serious investment and a warranted one in Pekka Rinne for the next seven years, which more than eclipses the development time for the even taller Scandinavian blonde goaltender. Historically goaltenders take longer to develop than even the Colin Wilson’s of the world. There is no desperation to find a trading partner for Anders just yet, unless a veteran keeper is sent back in return, which is doubtful. (Lindback and Roman Josi for Rick Nash and Steve Mason? We’ll talk) Plus, Lindback doesn’t have the value he can fully reach, and he still has useful years left. But you are correct, his future is more likely not in Nashville past 2013 or so.
You are seriously worried about Ken Hitchcock and the Blues? Do you really need happy pills?
We’ll have to save the contract talk for another visit. Turns out Ryan Suter’s agent will be visiting our fair city later this month. Contain your excitement, okay?
See the receptionist on your way out.