If anyone hasn’t heard about the Poti/Helmer drama, they’ve been living under a rock. Gist of it is, Tom Poti pulled his groin, and the Caps signed and then called up Brian Helmer.
I’m more than a little apprehensive about this. I understand he’s probably one of the most experienced defensemen who’s not injured right now, but I’ve run out of fingers to count the number of times I’ve said “come ON, Helmer” in the course of a game. Now, granted, the other option right now is Patrick Mcneill, who has flashes of inconsistant brilliance, but McNeill did look like he was getting better with the Bears last year while he was here.
While McNeill’s MO seems to be having to mess things up once to learn from them, which can be an expensive proposition in a callup, Helmer has presented more than a few times to me as a guy who’s always trying to watch the entire play all the time. Granted, that shouldn’t be a bad thing, but Helmer’s gotten so wrapped into trying to position other people verbally in games that he’ll get distracted and pushed OUT of position, or never quite get there to begin with. McNeill seems to be almost the opposite, never wanting to get too far out of position even if there’s something abnormal going on and he probably should be in a different place. There’s something to be said for the preciseness of a drilled-in instinctual reaction, but there’s also something to be said for listening to teammates.
Obviously, we’ll get to see soon which works better.