Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Hurtin' Hatcher

I play with the numbers a little bit at Globe on Hockey as to how Derian Hatcher's absence will affect the Flyers, who have been one of the league's best teams through 10 games.

There's not an awful lot of depth on the blue line there, and Hatcher's still playing big, big minutes.


At 7:10 p.m., October 31, 2007, Blogger Doc Nagel said...

With Hatcher, probably the most important impact is something not easily seen statistically: intimidation. In several ways, he embodies everything that's wrong with hockey, and that's the key to his success. He's an abusive, dirty player, intending to injure with every hit and every well-placed and well-hidden stick, and that makes him hard to play against.

Wouldn't it be interesting to find a way to document the impact of players whose every shift expresses the will to go to any depth?

How much does dirty play help teams?

At 10:17 a.m., November 02, 2007, Anonymous Dennis said...

Speaking of dirty players, I'm surprised the Flyers don't just call up Denis Gauthier, who's languishing with the AHL Phantoms last I looked. Did his game really drop off that much or is there a cap issue involved if they bring him up? I can't believe he wouldn't be a better fill-in than Nate Guenin or Rory Fitzpatrick.


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