On Gorges, from Travis Yost:
Some of this decline is surely due to going from the Habs to the Sabres, but I don't think that accounts for the whole shebang. Methinks there's been some very real decline in his on-ice capabilities.
Oh, and he's an anchor to Ristolainen (not that I blame Gorges for Bylsma's player usage). Obligatory small sample warning (they've been together for 258 ES minutes, Risto apart from Gorges for 91, and Gorges apart from Risto for 51):
CF% CF60 CA60 GF% GF60 GA60
Together 40.5 43.6 64.1 35.7 1.16 2.09
Risto w/o Gorges 53.5 59.6 51.8 66.7 1.31 0.66
Gorges w/o Risto 34.7 38.9 73.0 33.3 1.18 2.36
Last season when I pulled up these numbers, Risto was better offensively without Gorges but suffered defensively. So far this year (and I stress so far), Risto has been worse with Gorges across the board. If the pairing remains together once Kulikov or Bogo is back, I may just lose my mind. I don't care if it's McCabe-Risto and Gorges-Bogosian or Kulikov-Risto and McCabe-Bogo (assuming one of our missing D returns before the other), GET GORGES AWAY FROM RISTO DAMMIT!
TSN had an article about pulling down possession numbers, Gorges named popped up on their list. Ristolainen suffers an 11.7% drop in his CF% when on the ice with Gorges.
This all said I like Gorges. I think he is a solid stay at home defender and there isn't anything wrong with that. The issue is that type of player is, to an extent dying in the corsi driven NHL. Gorges is an interesting study because is he bad? or is he just not offensive oriented?
Edited by LGR4GM, 30 November 2016 - 09:39 AM.