Friday, January 04, 2008


A Happy 2008 to Sami Salo

by Jes
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Poor Sami Salo. The fellow just can't seem to catch a break.

Oh, wait ... he gets quite a few 'breaks', and that's the problem.

The Canucks knew what they were getting into when they gave Sami Salo a big contract extension: A good 2-way defenseman with a big shot and a penchant for getting injured.

The problem? Salo's been both injured AND unproductive. After what he did last season, Salo's fallen into the SPARTAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!! pit and has yet to get himself out.

Year Team GP G A Pts +/- SOG
05-06 VAN 59 10 23 33 9 140
06-07 VAN 67 14 23 37 21 143
07-08 VAN 24 1 2 3 3 45

Salo's injury record so far this season ...
Missed 8 games (broken nose)
Missed 9 games (left wrist injury)

The wrist injury, especially, has been hurting Salo's game. Only very recently has Salo starting firing that OFF-BLAST rocket of his, and still with some hesitation. Salo has yet to get a point at even strength this season, and still seems to be afraid of getting smoked by some rushing forechecker.

So, here is to a better 2008 for you, Sami Salo. May you not get seriously injured, and may you get back to putting up a point every two games.

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Yeah, it's a shame. At least he's been pretty good defensively.
Maybe Sammy and Jordan Leopold (or Leoprone as we like to call him) have the same trainer or something. They both have bones made of circus peanuts and tendons of cotton candy.
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