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02-25-2012, 04:43 PM
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Keeping Couturier down in Jr. just to delay his ELC is the stupidest thing I've ever heard.
He MADE the team. Flat out came to camp and made the team. He'd dominated the Q for 2 straight years, he had nothing much to gain with another year of Jr. except some weight. I was in favour of sending him down before camp, but he made the top 12 so he'd in.
Sending him down after he made the team just to save a contract year would be cutting off your nose to spite your face.
If Blair Betts had been healthy, he might've forced them to send Couts down, but I'm glad they didn't. He's going to be a much better player at 21 because he'll be in his 3rd season - and he already plays like a veteran.
Guys like Nodl are dime a dozen. He was never the same after his concussion and he wasn't going to be playing. Rinaldo and Harry Z (and Sestito and Wellwood for that matter) beat him out of a spot.
Sometimes you have to worry about seasons ahead a little bit as well. As I said, I think he should be on the team this year with the way he played in pre-season and the first nine games of the season. That doesn't mean that there's no weight to the other line of thinking however.
Sure, Couturier will earn some good experience from this season that he'll be able to draw on later on. Is it enough to outweigh the positives of having him signed to that ELC contract in his 22-23 season instead of his 21-22 season though, as well as him reaching UFA status a year later? Again, I think that Holmgren and the rest made the right decision in keeping him up in the NHL, but that doesn't mean that it's ridiculous to think otherwise.
Oh, and Nödl is doing pretty well for himself in Carolina. He is still good old NoGoal, but he's playing a fairly vital part for them as a member of a very good checking line together with Sutter and Dwyer. The writing was on the wall for him with the way Rinaldo and Zolnierczyk had played, on that we agree and I don't think he would have necessarily finished the season with us even if he hadn't been waived. It would have been nice to get a pick out of him though, even if it would have just been a 5th round pick or something. He wouldn't have been waived if not Pronger had been injured imo. We needed a contract spot to give us some room to make a trade if necessary, but then Bourdon came up and played well enough to not force any panic moves. If not for that need, and knowing that Nödl would most likely be picked up, I'm fairly certain that Zolnierczyk would have been sent down that time instead. He definitely needs to work on his overall game before he is ready for a full time NHL spot.
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