Add another great quote to the hefty collection from The Captain this year. From the Montreal Gazette:
As for Moreau, the Oilers will not pay $2 million for a fourth-line left-winger. He has to play higher up the food chain to earn that salary.
“This line should work, playing against the other team’s top lines … we produced some offence and won the matchup on a majority of nights. Horc and I on the PK really clicked. I think we’re plus-3 in our last 15 or 16 games. That’s a pretty good run,” said Moreau.
I’m not quite sure how Moreau is doing his math here – I can get him to even for the last 17 games but no better.
As far as whether the numbers posted by he and Horcoff have gotten better and they’ve been winning the matchups, they haven’t really, although the shooting percentage has been up a lot lately. They still get dominated when they’re on the ice together in terms of where the puck is.
The scoring chance numbers tell the same story. I’ve got access to numbers from 15 of the 20 games in this period. Horcoff and Moreau together are an appalling 21 chances for, 52 chances against. Horcoff without Moreau is 21 for, 31 against. Moreau without Horcoff has one chance for and 8 against.
Moreau’s quotes this year have sounded increasingly unhinged, in terms of not reflecting the reality of his own value as a hockey player at this point his career. There’s a cool quote from Ian Botham, an English cricketer, about the end of an athlete’s career: “For many sportsmen, coming face to face with irrefutable evidence of their mortality is the moment they dread above all others.” It’s increasingly difficult to find any evidence that Moreau is a useful NHL player and Botham’s point might explain some of Moreau’s more bizarre utterances about his worth.