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01-09-2013, 06:55 PM
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Foligno, statistically speaking, is a top 6 winger.
Last yes, career... not so much. Great 3rd liner, fringe 2nd liner.
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.
His ES TOI/G has been top 4 on his team for the last 3 years. That's were the pairings are made, and how top 4 is generally determined (ie not by PK or PP toi)
Even this year, he was in the top 4 ES TOI despite Clb picking up 2 top 4 dmen. He likely would have been tough to stay in the top 4 as they have a log jam, but that doesn't mean he isn't a top 4 quality guy.
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.
Time will tell, but the reality is we have prospects in the system who look capable to replace Foligno long term, we picked up Latendresse who if finally healthy is an upgrade on Foligno, and we have Regin who if health looks capable of matching what Foligno did (upgrade defensively, might be capable to match offence from last season).
The synopsis is; Foligno was replaceable. Methot is too. Neither one will have a tremendous impact on the team, but there was a greater need for a player like Methot, made all the more evident now that Cowen and Lundin are injured.
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