The late Ron Andrews designed the NHL’s plus/minus system of player ratings when he was the NHL’s Publicity Director and Statistician. Now we have computers and it’s possible to go deeper into individual on-ice performance. The newest wrinkle is the so-called Corsi Number, a system designed by current Buffalo goaltending coach Jim Corsi. Using the formula, the most effective player on the ice in Boston last night was defenseman Jaroslav Spacek. Shocked? the numbers tell the story.
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So, was it a demotion…..or a message?
Jaroslav Spacek will, in fact, play tonight against the Columbus Blue Jackets after all.
Yesterday in practice Spacek was relegated to the fourth defensive pairing along with serial healthy scratch Ryan O’Byrne. Since the Canadiens go with three defense pairings on any given night, the assumption was made that the twelve year veteran would be set aside tonight.
First rule when dealing with Jacques Martin: never assume anything.
Eleven games into the season the watch-word remains “patience”. It’s an asset that Jacques Martin has in abundance. But, there are limits and, while he hasn’t reached the end of his rope with Scott Gomez and his line, he has run out of it at least temporarily, with defenceman Jaroslav Spacek.
If we are to go by today’s practice, and it generally is an excellent measurement, Spacek will take residency in the Columbus press box tomorrow night
Did you know the Canadiens have seven players with no-trade clauses in their contracts including Andrei Markov and Roman Hamrlik, both of whom will be unrestricted free agents at the end of this season? The trade restrictions on the two defensemen ends on February first, 2011, meaning the Canadiens can make a deal for them at the trade deadline if they wish. At the end of the coming season, Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier will have to deal with five unrestricted and eight restricted free agents. He will have just over twenty-five million dollars to sign thirteen players with defensemen Markov and Josh Gorges the top priorities.
And indication of the hockey world in the salary cap era, the Canadiens presently are committed to only four contracts two years from now, Gomez, Cammalleri, Gionta and Plekanec. And they are committed to only one contract, Plekanec, in the 2014-2015 season.
The Canadiens are going to have to play their first fifteen games of the season or so without the services of defencman Andrei Markov. How the team adjusts to his absence may tell the story of the entire season.
Jaroslav Spacek has not been able to work out for more than a week because of a congestive virus. It caused him to miss the final four games of the series against the Washington Capitals. He skated with his teammates this morning but has been ruled out for game one of the Eastern Conference semi-final in Pittsburgh tonight.
That means the Canadiens lineup will be basically unchanged from Wednesday night in Washington. P.K. Subban, will once again be paired with Spacek’s regular partner Roman Hamrlik.
Jacques Martin has some gametime decisions to make before game six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal at the Bell Centre tomorrow night. Most of those decisions will centre on his defence.