Fast B wrote:
Jamie wrote:Gonchar is terrible. Alot of people praise his offense, but even on the PP he is terrible. He has to be one of the worst ever at being able to keep the puck at the blue line. Whenever he is faced with any pressure, he usually turns it over. He is terrified of getting hit.
2000, first round, game 6 comes readily to mind. Giveaway to Straka, series over. Sadly, when I heard about the signing, that was the only thing I could remember about Gonchar.
I live in Maryland so I get alot of Caps feeds. I watched Gonchar a good bit when he played for the Crapitals. I think he is even worse defensively now, compared to then. I say this for two reasons.
1. It looks to me as if Gonchar has lost a step, maybe two. He does not seem to skate nearly as fast now as he did back then.
2. When he played for the Craps, he played harder IMO, because he was not being payed a huge amount of money. Now that he signed this monster deal with the PENS, he just seems to be going through the motions of playing hockey, with very little passion.