Off Season Thread. Trade Spec/GM Mode - Part III
View Single Post
06-10-2011, 05:48 PM
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Renfrew, ON.
Originally Posted by
It's going to be tough to top that eloquence, but I'll give it my best:
1- As a defensive center, I believe Drury would be an upgrade. Halpern wasn't the same player by the end of the season as he was at the beginning, I think injuries may have taken their toll on his stamina. Drury is that right shooting center that the Habs always make sure to have. His faceoff % was 56.4 last season, 52.9 the season before. Over half of his faceoffs last season were taken short handed. He took twice as many faceoffs in the defensive zone as in the offensive zone, negatively affecting his scoring totals, but showing how much confidence Tortorella placed in his defensive abilities. Given his situation, I believe there's a good chance Drury would be willing to accept a 1 year contract, which would also be ideal for the Habs' situation. I was liberal with his salary because that's just how I estimate UFA signings, just to make sure the lineup is realistic.
2- Versteeg clearly doesn't suck. He is in that Higgins/Cleary family of players that can't be depended on to carry a scoring line, but can excel with linemates better than they are. That is a step better than Pouliot, who I believe can excel against inferior opposition, but not against good opposition, even if his linemates are also good. On top of that, Versteeg is more well rounded than Pouliot, and I can see a player with his skillset (smart, fast, tenacious) doing well under Martin.
3- Stortini is no Laraque or MacIntyre, but he is a better player than them, and other players will actually fight him. I think he is a victim of the youth movement in Edmonton. Not that a team should rely on him too much (I do have him as the 15th forward), but I think he can play a role against poor teams that fight a lot (Leafs, Flames, Islanders) without costing his team too much on the ice. BTW, the Huggy Bear nickname is from his rookie year of 06-07, his fighting got better with experience.
1) David Steckel is better suited for our team than Chris Drury. Steckel had a 63% faceoff winning percentage. Is about as useful offensively, solid defensively and might cost less. Like you, I'm not sure how much Drury could get, but at 1.1 for Steckel it's very plausible that it's cheaper.
2) You and I both know Martin will shift Versteeg, or even start him in the top 6. Trust me, I'd love him on the 3rd line with Desharnais and someone else, but we'd be better suited to spend that 3 mill on Kopecky imo. He's 6'2, hits and loves to go to the front of the net. Gives a solid effort. He also doesn't try to rap. At least that I'm aware of.
3) Stortini isn't that skilled of a player in any sense. His fighting abilities aren't good enough to land him a spot. A combination of fighting skills and playing skills isn't enough. Besides, Boston has numerous fighters. What's one ****** fighter going to do for us if Boston tries to drag a game into the gutter and the habs try to follow ? In his place, I'd rather have Brad Winchester. 6'5, scored I believe 10 goals last year, hits and fights just as well, if not better than Stortini. He's UFA, so we wouldn't have to give up a pick.
So, instead of 5'11 Drury, 5'11 Versteeg, and 6'3 Stortini you add 6'5 David Steckel, 6'2 Tomas Kopecky and 6'5 Brad Winchester for pretty much the same cost. Of the players I suggest none of them are coming off being bought out because they suck so much. None of them have been traded because the fans hated him, only to be hated in his new city. and none of them only played 32 games because he sucks on the worst team in the league after being waived because, well, he sucks.
View Public Profile
Find More Posts by Analyzer