no name wrote: Rocco wrote: Great58 wrote:
columbia wrote:One interpretation is that Shero sees a need for more/better veteran leadership in the locker room.
How much locker room presence does a regularly scratched player possess? I can see him as a player/coach role for the young defenseman in practices, but wonder about his ability to play a more traditional locker room stabilizing role if he's not logging much game ice time.
I've always believed "locker room presence"= "this guy sucks, but we like him and don't want to get rid of him so we say something that no one can quantify to justify keeping him around".
Good point, but tell me we couldn't of found 10 other guys in the NHL in '09 who could of played as well as Bill Guerin. But Shero found the one guy who could motovate the players as well as keep them calm. To a certin degree Eaton can teach the young guys to be professionals, work ethic, preperation, determination. These are intagibles you can't gage on a scale or on a score sheet. We can only wait and see if Shero knows what he is doing with this signing.
Sure, but Guerin's veteran presence didn't amount to a whole lot the next year when he was pretty much shot as a player. While I am sure Guerin contributed off the ice to the cup run, he also contributed quite a bit on the ice as a top-line player who was able to finish Sid's passes. The "veteran presence" talk was secondary to the tangible contributions he made. He kept playing the next season in the same role even though his hands were shot and he was skating in quicksand. That's when the "he's great in the room" started popping up. It's like saying a baseball catcher calls a good game- there's no way for a layperson to dispute it.
If Eaton's that great at teaching young players he should be a coach. I'm skeptical that he has anything left in the tank. It's bad enough that Engelland is playing over Despres and Bortuzzo. Those two have room for growth while Engelland is more or less a mediocre player. I'm skeptical that the Pens signed Eaton just to sit in the press box and eat nachos while being a guiding hand to the younger players.