Koivu has become a joke and so did you!
A first liner doesn't have to score goals, case and point, Adam Oates, 2 time 30 goal scorer, which happend to be during the 2 most offensive years of the 1990's. Craig Janney was a solid 1st line hockey player who scored 20 goals just 3 times in his career. How about Doug Weight? Never scored more then 26 goals and was arguably one of the better centermen during his prime.
If you want a recent player, I'll give you one. Joe Thornton. He hasn't hit 30 goals since 2002-03. Are you gonna sit there flapping your gums trying to tell me he isn't a 1st liner because he doesn't score goals? Want another one? Henrik Sedin. Has never scored 20 goals in his career. Are you gonna say he isn't a 1st liner? Ales Hemsky is another example of a 1st line PLAYMAKER. In order to score goals, you need someone who sets them up, wanna know what those players are called? PLAYMAKERS.
Like I've said, you DO NOT need to score goals to be a 1st liner. If I wanted I could name probably 20 more players who fit the bill of being a Playmaker, who in your eyes, aren't 1st line players because they don't score goals.
When healthy and given the right wingers, Saku Koivu is a 70-80 point threat year in, year out. If put on a team with very good wingers, he could be an 80-90 point threat easily. Unfortunately in his career Koivu's had a revolving door by his side when it comes to wingers because the Habs have had some of the stupidest GM's in Andre Savard and Rejean Houle during Saku's tenure as a Hab. Yet, when he was healthy he still managed to produce points despite having to deal with 3rd liners who were being masked as 1st liners.
Now, you want to know where I get this "shit" about Koivu playing better since Sergei's call-up? WATCH THE F***ING GAMES and you'd see it. He's been playing much more aggressively then usual and he's been solid defensively and not to mention he's been driving to the net. Playing aggressively leads to getting more quality scoring chances, which he's gotten, which in turn leads to more goals/points, which will come. Playing aggressively also leads you to getting more penalties. Ask any Power Forward in NHL history or any player that drives to the net a lot.
What's next? Are you gonna start saying Komisarek's a complete waste of skin because he only has 12 points? Or that Latendresse is a waste of life because he only has 4 assists? Or that Alexei Kovalev is a piece of shit because he "only" has 20 goals?
You think that no one will want Koivu because he "sucks" in your eyes. Well reality check shithead, I can name any Play-Off bound team that would gladly welcome Koivu with open arms and who's 4.75 million salary is below the league average for Captains.
And you know what, I am beginning to hope Koivu does get traded to another team because he's endured enough in his career health-wise that he doesn't need to put up with your shit, any fans who are like you's shit, the French media's shit or the French politician's shit.
As far as my response about Ryder, I still stand by it. Without Koivu, he wouldn't of scored 30 goals last year, he'd of been lucky to net 15. And without Koivu and Ribeiro, he wouldn't of scored the 30 and 25 he put up the 2 previous years. Put Ryder with another 3rd liner and he produces squat. Put Koivu with 3rd liners, you still get results.
Don't bother responding because I'm not gonna read it or respond. I'm done with you as you are nothing more then an ignorant person who knows nothing yet you think you do.]]>
As far as I know, we do need 4 centermen on the team, and two goalies. What's wrong with having KOIVU AND PEKLANEC? NOTHING!!!! That's what makes teams win you *********!
And those who think Huet is not a top ten goalie in the league don't know much about hockey either. The fact remains he's been putting good and consistent numbers (top five at least) in the league for the past three years. Sure he's got weaknesses, but he's easily top ten material. I'll concede that he sucks when out of the net to play the puck, but in the end it's the GAA and the save percentage that matters. And he has great ones.]]>