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Picard Re-Upped - one year, two-way, $865K NHL unknown AHL
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09-06-2009, 08:53 AM
Join Date: Aug 2007
With time and planning, we now have some experienced depth. Finally.
To me, only a guy like Filatov "gets" a chance. Injuries will happen. Until such time, you have to put your 12 best players on the ice for game one.
Murray, Dorsett (or Boll) and Picard are going to have to wait on an injury.
That's 3 nice and experienced replacements when injuries hit. Unless we get value, I don't want to trade Chimera or Modin if I have to replace them with Boll and Picard.
Chimera and Modin will score 20 more total goals than Picard and Boll.
Including OT, regular one-goal losses, and two-goal losses which are really empty-netters, there are about 15 - 20 one goal losses in a season. Turn some of those into OT, and some into wins, and pick up another 10 points. The difference between being 10th in the conference and 6th is often winning 5 or 6 more games.
Goals win games. Give me 20 more goals, and the math says you will win 5 or 6 more games.
Modin and Chimera have a better shot at combining for 10 goals in the first 20 games than any other combination.
Picard and Murray and Dorsett might all deserve a chance, but there is just no room, yet.
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