Calgary - Washington
View Single Post
12-21-2012, 03:53 PM
Join Date: Oct 2010
First off, please point to where I called Glencross garbage. I simply said that he's not worth Johansson, especially given that his stats were inflated last year by an unsustainable shooting percentage (roughly 10% above his career average) that I can virtually guarantee he won't match in the future.
Glencross has put up better goal/point totals than Laich the past two seasons, sure. But Laich has shown a much more consistent history of being a point and goal contributer than Glencross. Laich has also seen a more defensive role on the team in the past couple years. Rather than being the net presence on the powerplay and on the opposite wing of Semin, he was on the second powerplay unit and centering the shutdown line this past year. That additionally flexibility of playing a multidude of roles for the team (scoring winger, scoring center, shutdown center, penalty killer, powerplay net presence, powerplay point man, emergency defenseman, etc) is part of what gives Laich additional value to the Capitals and why I feel he's a better overall player than Glencross.
I never compared the trade value of Laich and Glencross, becuase they weren't being traded for each other. "Trade value" in itself is a misnomer, because the needs of each team vary so greatly. In the respect that Glencross is more affordable than Laich, yes that would boost his value to many teams over Laich's. But in terms of who is going to help you win a Stanley Cup, which is the Capitals' current goal, Laich is the better option. Laich is the better player, and the Capitals aren't hard pressed against the salary cap right now.
Would I trade Laich for Backlund? Depends on how convincing Backlund looked putting up those hypothetical points and whether or not we felt we could extend Ribeiro. And given that we have Johansson already achieving that production, probably not. If Johansson had put up meager numbers like Backlund did and Ribeiro was walking away, I would certainly consider it. But if Ribeiro clicks with the team, keeping Laich seems like the better option, given that Laich seems a better fit at the 3C role than Backlund does.
View Public Profile
Find More Posts by Mystlyfe