Official Post-Season Discussion. Update: Gauthier to meet with Meehan
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04-28-2011, 12:34 PM
Join Date: Sep 2004
while I agree that getting rid of Gomez only to end up overpaying for Richards would not be an ideal move, i think it's easy to see how that would make us much, much better...
Simply put, imagine how much more dangerous this current roster would have been if you add Richards and his production, leadership & clutch playoff perfromances.
he's basically what Gomez was supposed to be for us, except he could realistically provide it.
While a Richards-Plekanec-Eller top 3 wouldn't improve our need for gritty play in our top-9, it would fit perfectly well with the mould of the team, and gives us better offensive production (which was really our biggest flaw this season... the cause is debatable, but the numbers speak for themselves, defensively we were an elite team, offensively-especially 5-on-5, we were a lottery team).
with a 6-7M$ Richards instead of Gomez, we'd still be in a tight cap situation, but imo it would significantly improve our overall team play (it's not just his production, it's the impact it would have on pleks/second line, who would no longer see opposing teams top defensive/shutdown players on a regular basis), as well.
we'd still have the issues of overhauling our defense, and trying to find a top-9 winger to add some physicality to the lineup, but those issues would be less glaring without a 40pt 2nd line centre chewing up so much of the cap.
With this current group, I'd rather see Eller play in Gomez's role, I think he can be about as productive (40-50pts with a scoring winger & pp time is very realistic imo), and he showed this week that he is already a better overall player (puck possesion, turnovers, defensive play).
But ideally we'd have him play on our third line for another few years, without the pressure of the team "needing" him to produce. With Gomez ahead of him, that's hard to stomach, with RIchards it would be no problem.
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