I’ve long suspected that NHL coaches and GM’s place far too much emphasis on the games a player plays against their own team. Either Tyler at Mc79hockey.com or Vic at IOF suggested that Daniel Tjarnqvist was acquired largely because he played the tough matchups against Edmonton.
I wonder if much the same thing happened today with Brendan Morrison. Morrison’s largely had an indifferent season, but I wondered if he’d played well in his games against Dallas, so I looked them up:
Feb. 28: 0G-0A-0PTS, EV
Dec. 27: 2G-0A-2PTS, +1
Nov. 7: 1G–0A-1PTS, -1
Against Dallas: 3GP – 3G – 0A – 3PTS, EV
Against Everyone Else: 59GP – 7G – 12A – 19PTS, EV
I’d be very surprised if Les Jackson, Brett Hull, and Dave Tippett didn’t draw on Morrison’s performance against the Stars this season when deciding to claim him on waivers.