Winter of My Discontent
That's fine, I have no problem with that. However I feel I must call Bondra's agent, Rich (perfect name for a player agent, no?) Winter, on the flaming horse-manure emanating from his mouth.
"Peter is prepared to play for significantly less than his comparables," Winter stated.
According to Winter, Bondra's comparables include Paul Kariya, Zigmund Palffy and Pavol Demitra. Puh-leeze. Don't insult our intelligence, Mr. Winter.
"The agent told the Post that Bondra has more goals over the past three seasons (95) than those players."
Just how dumb do you think George McPhee is? And how long did it take you to find a stat to back up your claim of comparables?
For the record, here are the stats of these players for the last three seasons:
Bondra clearly leads the four in bad penalties. His points-per-game is the worst. Goals per game, he's tied for second with Demitra, behind Palffy. His +/ is only better than Kariya's, and only marginally. He's the only one who has declined in points over the period. And he's the oldest - Bondra is 35, Palffy is 33, Kariya and Demitra are 30.
Bondra's production matches Kariya's but no one in his right mind expects that to continue this year. The only category he can seriously claim is comparable is games played. Bondra has been durable. What about playoffs? Bondra has 10 points in his last 24 games. Kariya has 13 in 22, Demitra 18 in 22, and Palffy 9 in 7.
I love the start of hockey season. I just wish Winter didn't have to come with it.