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01-09-2013, 04:50 PM
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If you think Foligno is an established 2nd liner, and Methot is a bottom pairing dman, then yeah the deal looks awful.
If you think of Foligno as a 3rd line center, and Methot as a # 2-3 dman, it looks great.
The reality probably lies somewhere in between; good to ok value for both teams.
The problem is, you can't rely on signing a ufa dman. If you do, it can come back and bit you when no one decides to sign with you. Trading Foligno for Methot may not have been the best option, but it was one of the safer ones.
Foligno, statistically speaking, is a top 6 winger.
Defensemen with Methot's offensive abilities need to be extra special on defense to be considered top4. Not sure he is that great defensively, but we'll see.
IMO the move is a step backwards for the team. I look forward to seeing how things play out this season and in the coming offseason. It'll be especially interesting to see how Murray navigates the goaltending situation in light of our glaring need for a top6er and top-pairing dman.
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