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03-15-2010, 02:12 PM
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Ok, since the door is wide open let's look at a few stats that you've presented.

Madden first. 36 years old. 10g/12a in 65 games with a +1. Two best seasons of 43 and 41 points. Career +/- of +36. 16 PP in his 10 year career. 27 short handed points. 19 game winning goals.

Morrison next. 34 years old. 11g/25a in 67 games with a +18. Best seasons of 67 and 71 points. Career +/- of +73. Excellent PP totals with Vancouver and for his career. 12 short handed points. 41 game winning goals.

Legwand now. 29 years old. 10g/25a in 69 games with a -1. Two best seasons of 63 and 48 points. Career +/- of +21. Good PP totals as well over his career. Not exceptional but not bad either. 12 short handed points. 32 game winning goals.

Morrison gets to play on an explosive Washington team this year. He was dropped by a few teams before landing there because of some injuries the past few years. When on his game and healthy, he's a very good player and would command more salary than he's getting now. Madden at his age, is overpaid IMO. He is not the same shutdown center he was a few years but they paid a price to bring him to Chicago for his leadership, d and experience. His number don't justify the contract he got.

Legwand is overpaid compared to Morrison for sure but Legwand's best season came when he had good skill players on his line. Put Morrison on a line with Ward and Smithson and see what their numbers will be. Also, Legwand's PP time over the years has never been consistent. He'll go stretches of not getting minutes and then Trotz will decide to get him out there. If he was consistently given skilled linemates and PP time, his salary wouldn't be an issue. Because the coach is using him inappropriately should be the issue here, not his lack of offensive production. We all wonder why Dumont's numbers are down this year too. Well, it's a combination, he's not playing with skilled linemates anymore for the most part and not getting the minutes. Anyone notice that Wilson is producing some pretty good numbers, time+skilled linemates=production. When Legwand gets someone on his line other than Smithson, who's best career season is 16 points, then we can have this discussion again. Until then, I think it's moot to even discuss. That's just me though.

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