Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Nagy benched

Perhaps the message finally got through. If Kings Coach Marc Crawford was attempting to send one, it resonated in a big way in the morning when forward Ladislav Nagy and his $3.75-million salary were taken out of the lineup, a healthy scratch for the first time this season.

Of the free agents acquired over the summer in what the Kings called "Plan B," perhaps Nagy has been the most invisible, recording three assists in six games.
Invisible is Nagy's calling card.

He's unfortunately just one of those players with point-per-game talent who is injury prone and inconsistent, and the Kings would do well to simply give their playing time to their kids.


At 7:15 p.m., October 17, 2007, Blogger Jes Gőlbez said...

Nagy is also the easiest to scapegoat, given his 'history'. What about Rob Blake and his -9? There are many players on that squad not performing well, and Crawford obviously is back to his habit of picking one guy for his doghouse.

ALWAYS, ALWAYS expect Crawford to do this. He'll pick one or two guys he doesn't like, and make them the pariah's for all of the team's ills.

Time for LA to get a new coach.

At 8:43 p.m., October 17, 2007, Blogger Bruce said...

Blake -9, Visnovsky -8, Frolov -7, Brown, Stuart both -6, Cammalleri, Calder, Handzus all -5, Kopitar, O'Sullivan both -4 ... Nagy's -1 actually looks pretty good compared to the "best" players on this sorry crew.

Time for LA to get a new coach.

Agreed on Crawford. He also has some guys who can do no wrong in his eyes. The obvious example being Bertuzzi, who sank the Canucks time and again with his dumb-ass play and his inability to tell the clutch from the choke. I recall one specific situation the first year Crawford's Canucks made the playoffs, and in the first playoff game in Denver Bertuzzi took an outrageous penalty in overtime; as I recall he slew-footed a guy and bounced his head off the ice or soemthing, can't remember all the specifics but I remember thinking it should have been a match penalty and the ref gave him and the Canucks a HUGE break by only calling a minor. Well, Colorado scored on the PP, and after the game Crawford was all over the refs for calling a penalty in OT, when he should've been calling out his player who cost his team the game. Consistently exonerated and encouraged by his coach no matter what he did, Bertuzzi ultimately carried it too far ... and to this day I hold his coach responsible to a very significant extent.

Sorry for the rant, I been holding that one in for quite awhile.

At 9:06 p.m., October 17, 2007, Blogger Art Vandelay said...

More egregious than the length of rope Crawford gave the NHL's biggest headcase was the man-crush he had for Matt Cooke. At least Bertuzzi had talent. Cooke has none whatsoever, yet there he was, game after game, getting icetime on a line at least two stations too high. And let's not even talk about Crawford's totally illogical affinity for Cloutier. The man has the judgement of a hopped-up crack-head.

At 10:54 p.m., October 17, 2007, Blogger Hossim said...

Shootout. Gretzky. Bench.

At 11:21 p.m., October 17, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nooo! I have Nagy in my draft. They can't give his minutes away. :-)

At 3:30 a.m., October 18, 2007, Anonymous ]effadams#2 said...

What about Lombardi?

Last year Nagy was traded at the deadline for a 1st rounder. Can Lombardi turn 3.75 million into a first round pick. How about any one else?

At 10:57 a.m., October 18, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hassim is right. Crawford's craptasticness begins and ends in Nagano. Everything else is just piling on evidence.


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