Which Big Salaried Forward Goes?
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05-04-2010, 01:05 PM
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: SF/Bay Area
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The reason I would choose Patty is that it's the easy way out in terms of looking at the other options (Nabokov and Blake notwithstanding). Moving Setoguchi or Pavelski is not happening. Getting Joe Thornton to waive his NTC is not realistic. Getting Dany Heatley to waive his NMC is not realistic.
By process of that sort of elimination, I can understand why one would choose Patty. He's not having the greatest playoffs in terms of point production but he's not being a liability out there. His defensive play gets lost in the shuffle on the player analysis because people get absolutist when it comes to the playoffs and if you don't have the offensive numbers, you're apparently useless because apparently the 3rd and 4th liners can do his job just as well.
He's been doing a lot of the little things right more often than not. Yes there have been times where he hasn't but if you look close enough, it's outweighed by the things he's done right.
The one thing people simply don't get is that it's not the offensive production you'd be missing by letting Marleau go. It's the speed. That helps in many different aspects and you need that in your top six. I'm sorry but relying on Devin Setoguchi at his age to be your only quick guy is not appealing and there is nobody that can replace him in that regard coming up or in the free agent market.
Yeah, unfortunately, Patty could well be the odd man out this offseason. (And I'm even factoring out Nabby first and signing a UFA like Biron, Ellis or Toskala for $2.5-$3m.)
While it would suck to lose Patty's speed and defensive abilities in the top 6, $5m - $6m (or even more) is a lot to pay for those assets + a "bit of scoring in the playoffs". And if it comes at the expense of Clowe/Pavs/Seto (or 2 of those 3), I wouldn't advocate that. I think a rotation of Mitchel/Malhotra (assuming he's re-signed)/Ferreiro as the other winger for Jumbo & Heater, could work out fine.
To be fair to Patty, he did a lot of little things well in Game 2... effectively pushed Lidstrom (and the puck) along the boards through the neutral zone... Hemmed in the Wings for a good 20-30 seconds with 2 minutes left in the game. Those qualities are underappreciated unfortunately.
On Seto, my hope is since he's only 23, he'll learn the defensive side. Patty, as I recall, had defensive lapses when he was the same age.
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