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02-25-2012, 11:09 PM
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His PDO (save $ + shooting %) is .971. The norm is 1, last season he was 1.008. It's an aberration that corrects over time. I wouldn't worry about his +/-. His shot differential is fine, in the context of how many dzone faceoffs he takes, and his quality of competition.
I'd take an upgrade on Plekanec. I don't see a team agreeing to trade Getzlaf, Staal or Spezza for Plekanec. I also don't see any reason for their teams to do the deal for a package, unless it's so balanced in their favor that the Habs become a weaker team in the process.
If Grigorenko is the BPA at our pick according to the Habs' scouting department, go for it. If not, go for the actual BPA. Either way, we still need Plekanec until the pick develops (if ever) into a replacement or upgrade at the NHL level. In other words, for several years.
The idea is to upgrade at center to improve the team. Not for an upgrade at center's sake. Or to "finally get that big center." The way to go about putting together a top team is to make a long series of smart bets, to pick up undervalued players and to draft well. If we had some point have a genuine surplus of value at other positions, and believe we are lacking at center, we will be in a good position to make a trade.
At this point, Plekanec does the job. He is good value for his cap hit. His term is team-friendly. At his age a rapid decline would be surprising. There is still plenty of room for improvement on the wings, and
of room for improvement on D.
Since a lot of you dont want to do a full rebuild, unless we pick first overall. we need to choose one of the big center available. Either its Grogorenko, Faksa, Galchenyuk. We need to solve our problem with having too many diminutive centers. Pick ojne of those guys and trade Plekanec go get help at some other position on the team. Plekanec is just not a guy you can build a team around. He chokes when we need him
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