Dandenault NOT on the trading block
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09-25-2008, 09:43 PM
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You make good sense. Last year at this time, I was posting that Dandenault had to be moved because of the crisis of having 8 defencemen plus O'Byrne. I was sure he was going to get moved, McGillisized or otherwise.
Obviously wrongheaded in retrospect. Dandenault gave Carbonneau some good minutes last year. We criticize him for being no better than a 14th forward, but he is a pretty good 14th forward. You might as well keep a guy like that if nothing is forcing you to get rid of him.
The cap is no problem. He hasn't forced himself out yet. That leaves only one thing: the battle at training camp. As it is now, one of Begin, Kostopolous and Laraques is a spare forward. Chipchura doesn't have a spot. But I don't know who else would seriously challenge. Stewart? D'Agostini? (I won't even say Pacioretty.)
If Dandenault loses his spot, then someone on the outside looking in has done very well in training camp. Realistically, that would mean beating out Dandenault and one of Begin and Kostopolous as well. A rookie has to grab at least the 12th forward spot. Otherwise he's better served in the AHL.
It would also mean pushing veteranship off the roster and out of the line-up. That's an important consideration for a team that plans on playing for the Cup. I think it's going to be hard for even Chipchura to stick with the team, even though there few real doubts about him being ready for the NHL.
So, yeah, keep Dandenault. For now.
Very nice analysis, beats the pants off the usual, juvenile 'Dandy Sucks' garbage usually seen, including this thread. Dandy gave the team a good filler last year and can easily step into an improved lineup this year as a winger/D in case of injuries or underperformance. He's still an NHL level player, the competition is good.
Keep posting davedave, please.
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