4th line unable to bail out the team again
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11-07-2010, 03:12 PM
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Completely agree on Pyatt. I haven't been a fan of his, especially after I discovered the microstat scene in the Spring. The guy is not an NHL-calibre player.
Gill & Gorges had a bad game last night, but the game before I thought they were alright (and they did well scoring-chance wise). In his post of last night's scoring chances, Olivier said that Gill and
Subban were often out with the Pyatt-Lapierre-Boyd line which probably contributed a lot to how horrible the defensemen looked.
With the way he's played the last 2 seasons, I hope Lapierre does not receive a qualifying offer this summer. I'd be able to stomach him for $500k, but $900k is too much when you look at what some free agents got this summer.
If you look at the players getting squeezed salary-wise under the salary cap, it's the veteran, UFA bottom 6 players. If the Habs were to start signing players like Belanger, Dawes, Malholtra rather than give everyday spots to players with 4th-line upside (Pyatt, Lapierre, Boyd, probably Darche though I think he's the best of the 4) we would come away with a much stronger lineup at basically no cost (Pyatt-Lapierre-Boyd make $2 million this year). Sign 2 veteran guys, plop a White (who might have quality 3rd-line upside) or Eller in the lineup and the team would be much better off. Look how well Halpern has worked out so far (though he's scoring at an unsustainable rate).
This. Unfortunately I think alot of other GM's will be on to this as well, but the better teams will be the ones able to find the scrapheap bargains in August. Teams that are up against the cap with 3-4 roster spots left to fill will be like the guys in a roto auction draft who spend their entire cap with 3-4 spots left to fill. Which makes sense, since both situations have defined, equal spending limits.
Pyatt fills a solid PK'ing role, but as guys like Gomez and Pleks show, you are better off with strong PK guys who can also play 5 on 5. Lapierre-Boyd-Pyatt is a waste of space 5 on 5. Which isn't horrible I guess, as other teams undoubtedly have that issue as well, but I'd like to start seeing our top 6 get more of their 5-on-5 ice time. Just like MAB was a PP-only specialist, these guys should be PK-only specialists. Doesn't work when you have 3 of them in the lineup though...
Which brings me to MAB. Sign him, use him on the PP at RD, and give him 2-3 minutes of ice time on the 4th line in place of Boyd or something. Will he be awful at forward? Of course. But our PP can use him, badly.
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