In Bowman We (I) Trust
By Robbie Blood
Stan Bowman has been one of the leagues top GM’s over the past few years undoubtedly. Tallon’s picks and Bowman’s tricks won the cup in 2010, and Bowman’s magic alone won it all again in the 2013 shortened season, proving the faith the fans and company instill in him solely.
Over the past few days all I’ve been hearing is the typical comments of: how are we gonna do it, were 2.2 million over cap or that we need to bring in (insert stupid stars name) and the all time classic bash that we need a better back-up goalie to back up Crawford’s shit! Lets state some facts here, Crawford should have won the Conn Smythe during the 2013 run, and last year our failure to win was not on him. During the 2014 playoffs he was third in wins with 11. He had a 2.53 GAA, ranked 11, one spot over the “glorious” Jonathan Quick and a save percentage of 9.13%, also one point over your glorified Quick. He was ranked in the top 5 goalies through out the entirety of the playoffs, the only time stats matter, yet everyone thinks he sucks and that we need to get rid of him. Also, we have a back-up goalie, he’s also our rising star goalie of the future, Anti Rannta. Winning 13 games in his first NHL season while Crawford was out is enough to shut down any non-believer in my opinion.
Our real problems last year stemming through out the playoffs was our power plays and 2nd line center. Bowman responded to this 2nd line center controversy this off-season with Brad Richards, giving Kane the center he desperately needs and bettering Saad. During Richard’s Conn Smythe season he achieved 53 assists that will now go to his new line mate and our hero, Patrick Kane. Richards will also compliment Saad with his humble ability in passing. Richard’s composure and leadership have shined through his inept offensive line during this past season with the Rangers, especially on power plays, scoring five goals and achieving 14 assists. Can you imagine him on a power play with Sharp, Towes, Kane, and Keith?
Before you get your panties in a bunch just remember, Bowman knows more than you or I. Because of Bowman, we now have 3 Conn Smythe winners on this roster. Be patient and have faith. But if you want my honest opinion, TRADE LEDDY.
But what do I know; I’m just a dude on a couch.