Re: Too many nice guys
posted at 12/27/2010 10:19 AM EST
The cap will probably go up next year, without Sturm, and with Chara's cap hit being lowered, and Bergeron's staying about the same, and Savards being lower than two years ago that's effectively more of an increase.
Boychuck I'll take and keep happily, he's a strong #3 defenseman, and possibly a weak #2. The difference between Ference 2010-11 and previous seasons is healthy. This is probably about the longest stretch of games he's played without injury since he arrived. We he first landed in that spate of trades that brought in him Ward & Brad Stuart I thought he might be the best defensively of of the three.
D Seids is essentially a mirror image of Boychuck in the offensive/defensive game but about the same level as a total package.
As for the fourth line... why do people insist on fixing what ain't broke? You talk about cap problems then want to make the solution more expensive than the non problem you have. Between them, Campbell, Marchand, Thornton have 14 G 12A 26p and +11 for a cap hit of $2,734,000. That's more goals, more assits, and a +/1 25 higher than Phil Kessel at half the price, and that's with the ability to kill penalties
, win faceoffs, pound idiots to shrapnel,
and spend money on the other
three lines, 3 pairs and two goalies.
Ryder isn't my favorite player by any stretch, but he's still third in goal scoring on the team this year and has played 3rd and 4th line minutes where as the top two guys have had first line minutes regardless of who their center was.
In Response to Re: Too many nice guys
[QUOTE]There are two problems with these thoughts. 1] The Cap does not allow Peter to use Providence skills as a threat. He needs to address this going forward. 2] The new line combinations need some consistent action:: Savvy needs Horton to hustle every game, and he needs Claude to give Looch his head to respond; Kreji needs Ryder to participate every game, and Wheels to build on his improvement [ actually love to see Ryder traded and replaced with Arneil] Bergie's line will never perform optimally as long as Recchi continues his decline. Caron as a replacement for Recchi would really help, although Marchand is also a possibility; Campbell's line does not need Thornton. A more skilled player would increase their results. On defense Chara needs to become more consistent in controlling the puck, making better passes, and moving the puck quickly; Boychuck is what he is; Seids and Kamfer are a good duo; As NAS says, Ference is better this year, so far; McQuaid is fairly solid as a defensive defenseman; Stuart is coming back and could foster some kind of trade of Boychuck, Stuart, Ference; or a rotation of existing players. Tuuka needs more starts
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