In the aftermath of Monday night’s loss to the Penguins, Sun columnist Don Brennan concluded a column by asking the question,“Is the honeymoon with Cory Conacher over already?”
I have no idea what prompted Brennan to pose the query, it could have been a word quota, but a glance at Conacher’s numbers from Monday -- 12:48 in ice-time, one shot, two hits and a giveaway -- were nothing to write home about.
Taken one step further, Conacher has had 2 goals and 4 points in the 9 games that followed his trade from Tampa Bay. During this stretch of time, he’s averaging about 13:34 in ice-time per game and the diminutive forward is thirteenth on the team in shots on goal with 14.
On the surface, these numbers are modest, but he is tied for the team lead in goals and points during this period.
A more apt question could have been, “what the hell do people expect?”
Much was made at the time of the trade of how there were some points of concern at the time of his acquisition.