Re: Philly fans are p#ssed
posted at 6/23/2011 8:28 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Philly fans are p#ssed
[QUOTE] Philly trades a 30 and 40 goal scorer for 2 15 goal scorers and a few draft picks and expects to improve. I can understand trading Richards or Carter, but both. No ones even mentioned the fact that this promotes Briere to the position of #1 center, which almost guarantees his average point total drops now that teams will be targeting him. Philly's gone from 1st in their division and 2nd in the conference to barely makings the playoffs.
Posted by captainbergeron[/QUOTE]
To be fair, Carter only scored over 40 once. I think, down the line, he'll be a consistent 30-35 goal scorer, and nothing's wrong with that. He's not an overly great playmaking Centre, and he is best served by putting the puck in the net (kind of like Patty Marleau out in San Jose).
They essentially traded a 30 goal scorer, and a 30-35 goal scorer for 2 guys that will net you 15 a piece, maybe even 20 as their ceiling potential. They got Brayden Schenn, who I think can be, and will be, a future star. He was by far the best player at the WJC. I'd kill to have him on my team. The #8 pick, imo will be used on Zibs, the Sweedish Centre. Personally, I think he's the most overrated player among the top 10 prospects. I think he has "bust" written all over him. He's not a great finisher, but if he can improve on that, and continue to distribute the puck well, he could be a decent little player. He'll certainly have some good young targets on both wings-Schenn, JVR, Giroux, etc.
They are trying to lower their payroll, while adding scoring depth. They will have more depth with these players, and not be tied-up financially to bad contracts like they were with Richards and Carter. Will a majority of these 4 players be as talented as Carter and Richards? Most likely not. Quite possibly Schenn, but he probably will be the only one.
I have no problem with building quality scoring depth, all while cutting payroll/getting rid of bad contracts. However, I think Philly will still be a playoff contender. Will they be a legitimate contender to win the East? Most likely not. But, in the future, they could be pretty darn good. But, with PC and Cam calling the shots, I like our squad, and will put it up against anybody's for the next little while.