[UPD] Marleau-Heatley speculation, etc.; 3-way trade debunked 9/10
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08-05-2009, 12:00 PM
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You could argue hes a more rounded player, better in his own end, better on the pk and therefor a better option when playing with JT and Gooch/Clowe who arent much for playing D.
Those are valid points. But is there a need to be sound defensively if you are scoring more than you are scored on? Just playing devil's advocate. For what it's worth, Heatley's plus-minus on the Sens is pretty good, but that stat is always interpreted differently.
Also, McKeon is obviously not the biggest sharks expert but he raises an interesting point about the franchise's lack of LWs over the years. Marleau had a good year playing LW but I wouldn't say that's his most comfortable position given that he's played C most of his career.
Also - just throwing ideas around - is being a defensive stalwart as a winger an essential part of the position? I thought traditionally that's the center's responsibility. Impact wingers like Ovechkin, Selanne and Kovalchuk aren't known for their defensive aura and I assumed Heatley followed a similar style.
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