Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Consistency Is Key
When it comes to the free agent market, Dave Nonis has signed the good (Anson Carter, 33 goals, $1 million and Taylor Pyatt, 23 goals, $700,000) and the bad (Marc Chouinard, 4 points, $1.1 million and an eventual ticket to the AHL).
For $525,000, Nonis hopes Brad Isbister is more boom than bust (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province):
"You have to have some ability to play with those players," Canucks general manager Dave Nonis said Tuesday. "We've had some interest in him for a couple of years. He can fill a lot of roles and played with a little more edge the last few years.After a promising start to his NHL career - he scored 22 goals in his second full NHL season and 45 goals in the two seasons after that - Isbister has been one of the league's poster boys for inconsistency. In the last two seasons, he has a total of seven goals. More likely, Isbister will produce somewhere in between.
"He has played at a pretty high level in this league, just not consistently and that's his biggest downfall. He's going to get every chance here to excel."
But more than giving the bottom-six the potential to contribute some offense, Isbister will add size to a small lineup. He's 6'4" and 228 lbs. Besides Marc Chouinard (insert joke here), and with all due respect to the Jeff Cowans, Alex Burrows and Matt Cookes of the team, no one from last year's lineup has his size, and definitely, no one has the overall physical game Isbister can bring.
He just needs to bring it more consistently.
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