As much as every Flyers fan wanted to see Pitkanen pan out in a better-than-average sort of way, it just wasn't going to happen. I keep remembering what Ken Hitch***** said about him:
"There's a disconnect there."
While physically gifted and supremely talented, Pitkanen just doesn't get it. The guy just continually looks confused. I swear, after every whistle stopping play he resembled a high school freshman in English class who just put down "Atlas Shrugged."
Kevin Lowe, meanwhile, LUSTED after this guy, and I can't imagine why. I actually laughed out loud when I read the TSN article which said:
"Pitkanen's arrival should provide a major boost to Edmonton's anemic power play, which ranked fourth-worst in the league last season with a 14.2-per-cent success rate. The 23-year-old established career highs with 39 assists and 43 points in 77 games with the Flyers last season."
I mean, come on now. What can Lowe be thinking? I think I have an idea:
"Hey guys – I got it. I'll fix our power play by getting a player from the worst team in hockey last season, a team that whose power play was even worse than ours. A player who coaches can't seem to reach, whose plus/minus went from +22 to -25 seemingly overnight. And, I'll give up our captain and a young winger to do it. Yeah, that's the ticket!"
I'm fine with this deal. And incidentally, Jerry, we do have a 50 pt. d-man growing in Ryan Parent.]]>