Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Two Sides of Darryl

With yesterdays signing of free agent Owen Nolan, I couldn't help but think there are two sides to Darryl Sutter.

On the one hand, it's almost as if Darryl has some hypnotic power with his voice. I can only imagine him whispering in Iginla's ear, '$7 million dollars for 5 years is a good move for you.' He's managed to convince several guys to repeatedly take well under what they could've got on the free market. Iginla, Regehr, Kipprusoff. If this rumoured Regehr deal turns out to be true, Regehr will be making less money than Roman Hamrlik. Unbelievable.

On the other hand, Darryl has this penchant for going out and getting old end of the career type guys. Amonte. McCarty. Nolan.

If we could just somehow contain the latter Sutter the Flames would be unstoppable.

In regards to Owen Nolan, he might be a step up from Amonte. He might not be though. We'll see how his arthritis goes.


walkinvisible said...

nolan quietly played 76 games last year. which definitely surprised me when i read it the other day... so i think he's healthy, at the very least, and sounds pretty excited to wear a flaming C.

all good points.

duncan said...

I love that, "We'll see how his arthritis goes." I like Nolan's upside better than I ever liked Amonte's or McCarty's, anyway.

Kyle said...

Honestly, you're 100% correct, his upside is far superior to that of Amonte's or McCarty's. And he did quietly rack up 40pts for the Coyotes.

I was serious about his arthritis though.