Free Agent Frenzy (Part X) - "I'm Doan waiting around for Nash" Edition
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07-11-2012, 11:05 PM
Two Pucks, One Cup
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Nash will do what is asked of him - he always has as far as a coach's request has gone. Do you think Torts cares what he's getting paid?
And quit with the semantic arguments. They slow these threads to a crawl. I don't think Nash is an "elite" forward. A better way to define his talent is by his projected position in a good team's lineup. He's a top six winger, at worst. He'd probably be a first line winger on most teams (including ours).
He can play on the second PK unit or in spot duty on the PK. He is a threat to score when used consistently on the PK, and teams planned around that when Hitchcock was in Columbus. He is "good" defensively. He isn't going to win the Selke anytime soon ("elite" defensive forward), and he isn't a defensive liability ("bad"). Our PP will likely improve with him in the lineup.
And again, if Kreider or Stepan are a part of this deal we should walk away. But we shouldn't step away because 2nd/3rd line tweeners like Anisimov, Dubinsky, and Hagelin might leave.
If he plays on the 2nd PK unit, then that's an extra 2:00 of ice time. Add the 3:30 or 4:00 from the PP with thge way Torts rides the top 2 lines in the 3rd period, and Nash will be approaching 23 mins a night, which would be a career high and over 4 mins more that what he's played the last two seasons.
I just dont see him being used on the PK at all, especially while Gaborik is out.
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