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08-03-2012, 01:33 PM
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Originally Posted by
Boom Boom Geoffrion
Callahan, in my opinion, is a 30G scorer. The 10~13 goal difference between him and Gaborik is a considerable one, but so are the intangibles that Callahan provides. The hitting, the shot-blocking, his work on the PK, forcing turnovers, creating havoc with his forecheck, etc.
Gaborik is also the much better offensive player. He brings more than just his goals, he draws top defenders and puts up points (whether a goal or an assist). He is by far the more talented offensive player and is more creative. I don't see him burning out any time soon.
And while Callahan has missed time to injuries, they're different types of injuries. No, hip-replacement surgery where he was sidelined a considerable amount of time.
Different type of injuries is exactly why I'm hesitant in signing Callahan long term.
Just like every player, Callahan will inevitably decline. Just like Drury. Callahan's younger though, and he hasn't had major injuries. And all-around play blows away Gaborik's. Callahan helps this team win w/o having to show up on the stat-sheet. Can you say the same thing about Gaborik?
Drury really didn't miss significant time until his last year, unlike Callahan. But like Callahan, he played through bumps and bruises, which I appreciate, but you're going to be paying a grinder 5mil+ in his next contract. Gaborik absolutely does help the team win. He's a good defensive player(not Callahan-lite), but he is the team's best forward and generates the offense. Forward roles are to score and very few NHLers do that better than Gaborik.
I'll take Callahan 10X10 times, even if we're in need of a true sniper (which we shouldn't need considering we have Nash, and possibly Kreider).
I don't agree. Gaborik is a top 20-30 forward in the NHL. Callahan is not even remotely close and will never be.
In a perfect world, you sign both Callahan and Gaborik, to contracts that suit their overall value. If you have to move one though, it's a no-brainer for me.
You're paying Callahan for past performances, I just question investing in him when his body is worn out.
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