Thread: Speculation: Acq/ Rost. Bldg./ Cap Part XVI
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01-23-2013, 03:20 PM
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Originally Posted by BradD View Post
Last time I checked we got past the first round and didn't make the Eastern Conference Final. Again.

If his regular season statistics are crap and he can be a liability, there is no reason to pay him that much.

Joel Ward, Jeff Schultz need to go and we need to add another forward and a defenseman. The sooner we can all agree on that, including Mr. McPhee, the closer we come to actually winning.
Yes, and that's all on Joel Ward. You know, the guy who actually got us past the first round. What's your logic here? We didn't get to the ECF so trade one of the guys that played well? Let me guess, something must be done, moving Joel Ward is something, therefore it must be done.

His regular season statistics are crap because he's a third liner on a dysfunctional team. If Joel Ward's stat output is the difference between making the playoffs or not Joel Ward is not in the top 5 biggest problems with your team. He's less of a liability than most of the players we have. Put him with Hendricks and Beagle and that line could play at a dependable third line level and pin anyone their up against in their own zone for extended periods of time. Put him with Chimera and Johansson and he could do all the boardwork for them while cleaning up broken plays by shadowing them any time they rush the puck with their speed. He's the best player along the boards we have by a fair margin, and one who doesn't hesitate to go to the net and generally picks up after himself defensively. Put him in a situation where he can rely on those qualities and he'll be a very helpful player.

He's overpaid for what he brings in the regular season, and I don't mind trading him if we need cap space to accomodate a better player. But he's one of the few players we have that actually gets playoffs.

Of course, if you just care about regular season stats he's the first guy you'd be looking to trade. We could bring in a bunch of Sam Gagners and Clarke MacArthurs and totally light it up.

Schultz need to go, has for like 5 years now, but lumping him in with Ward is disingenious. One is a prototypical playoff hockey third liner. One is a flake who holds the whole team back every time he's on the ice.

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