The Armchair GM Thread - Part XXXII - Kessel Run Edition
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02-15-2013, 05:15 AM
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Sure Gillis may not have felt like Vermette was worth a top-60 pick...but that doesn't mean it wasn't a mistake. I would've made the deal without blinking, and suggested it constantly at the time.
Was Booth already on the team? If so, why would you have made the move? The cap would have made you release a competent 2nd/3rd liner to compensate the salary. Not to mention a player like this blocks future Cs from being tried in that role (Schroeder).
I'd trade Mallet, a 5th and whatever scrap AHL goaltender (Climie?) or similar substitute spare part for Vermette every single day of the week and i'd be thrilled each time i did it.
It's not Mallet + 5th. It's a 2nd (unpicked) + 5th + losing Raymond/Higgins. Still do it?
And by fitting better than Booth at LW i mean just that...Vermette is a natural C and that's where i see him fitting best on this team. But he would have added value as a LW where he also plays much more naturally than most Centers do. It even goes back to his days in Ottawa's cup run when they went to the finals with him playing mostly as a 2nd line LW to Fisher. And imo, Fisher has a lot of similarities to Kesler. They're both gritty two-way shooting centers...I think Vermette would fit well with Kesler as well. And Vermette's best year came playing center to a shooter in Nash as well. He's not a pure 'playmaker' passing type player, but he's much closer to than Booth, and he doesn't give up that much in the 'drive the net' department when he's playing wing, and is motivated.
It would've given this team a lot of very interest options...
Vermette is not in the same league as Booth as far as driving the net. Booth does this to the detriment of his own health. He's reckless driving to the goal. Vermette hopes he had that. I've never seen him as that type of player.
I think it's pretty telling that OTT chose to keep Kelly over Vermette. The cheaper, more defined 3C. That's the problem with Vermette, he's not better at LW than natural LWers, he's a convert, and not better than natural 3Cs, of which there are more defined and cheaper options. That's why he got dealt.
Don't get me wrong, I like Vermette. But he would have been a tweener on a team filled with them. Gillis had made his call earlier by getting Booth. Switching gears to get Vermette as a LWer, didn't make sense. On top of that, the difference in the acquisition costs between the two was significant.
Where does Vermette fit here long-term, is the question? Is he just another Raymond/Higgins? If he is, what's the point when it costs you a Raymond/Higgins down the line?
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