tim_connolly

Player Profile: Tim Connolly

2010-11 Regular Season stats:

#

Pos

Player

GP

G

A

P

+/-

PIM

PP

SH

GW

S

S%

19

C

Tim Connolly

68

13

29

42

-10

20

6

0

3

151

8.6

2011 Postseason stats:

#

Pos

Player

GP

G

A

P

+/-

PIM

PP

SH

GW

S

S%

19

C

Tim Connolly

6

0

2

2

-2

2

0

0

0

12

0.0

Career:

#

Pos

Player

GP

G

A

P

+/-

PIM

PP

SH

GW

S

S%

19

C

Tim Connolly

627

118

277

395

-41

260

44

4

25

1,265

9.3

Look Back: The relationship between Tim Connolly and fans has reached almost epic proportions. Connolly registered just 42 points in 68 games this year. However, after playing just 48 games in both 07-08 and 08-09, he has played in 72 and 68 games the past two seasons. Connolly’s importance to the team was felt the moment he was drove into the boards by Mike Richards and the team sorely needed his contributions in Game 7.  Connolly has a career -41 rating and was second worst in 2010-11 with a -10.  His inability to consistently produce more points is the main focal point for fans disdain. Connolly has never scored more than 20 goals and has only topped 60 points once (2009-10).

Look Ahead: I have long contended that for the right price and term, I would gladly welcome Connolly back.  And as Buffalo Win’s own Joe P’s sources indicate, his return may be more likely than fans seem to want, which is ok by me.  Assuming, the assertion that Connolly is a top 20 center is over and done with, how can fans argue if he is brought in  as a 3rd line center?  Price is going to be an important part, as it will dictate my reaction if the signing happens. As long as the signing doesn’t jeopardize the team’s ability to add a top stay at home defensemen or a #1 center, I would take Connolly back.

Fake Darcy’s Take: I don’t understand the hatred of Timmy. This guy has given our organization EVERYTHING during his time with our team. Yeah, I re-signed Connolly while letting punks like Drury walk….and I was proven right. I brought him to Buffalo for Mike Peca. Where has Peca been the last decade? He has played through brain injuries and cracked vertebrae. Shame on those Sabres fans who question this kid’s heart. He has a top 20 heart in the league.

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