David Desharnais Discussion (Slow Start & Contact Talk)
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02-23-2013, 07:35 AM
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Originally Posted by
The question is though, can DD be effective without Pacioretty complementing him? This is a serious concern if the Habs are going to commit to him long term this summer and mold the team around him.
Pacioretty, for 3 different seasons now, has been producing points no matter who he plays with. Going back to the game he started to 'break out' on Jan 21st 2011:
2010/2011: 11 goals - 17 points / 20 games - 0.85 points/game
2011/2012: 33 goals - 65 points / 79 games - 0.82 points/game
2012/2013: 4 goals - 13 points / 13 games - 1.00 points/game (probably will go down to ~0.85 if he's done developing as a player)
There isn't really need to second guess whether he should be signed long term. He can play on any line with any center and will put pucks on net and create/be physical.
Now if Desharnais shows that he can be effective with anyone, be it Gionta, Bourque, Eller, Gallagher, Cole w/o Pacioretty then I think keeping him in the long term plans makes sense since he's flexible and won't restrict lineup. I'm just not sure we have seen that yet from DD. He has chemistry with Pacioretty and seems to know where to find HIM, but can he do the same with Gionta and Bourque on his line? How about Cole and Bourque? Gallagher and Bourque? etc.
Chemistry doesn't happen in a game or two, usually. DD has showed chemistry with BGally and Eller at different points this year, but his chemistry with Pacioretty shines because of they've played probably 150 games together.
I'd like to see DD with Bourque, but its hard to do that considering our top-2 lines only have two guys each that are playing well (DD/Patch and Bourque/Pleks).
Originally Posted by
The problem is his position... In 2 years he'll be our third line center... 5 mil a year for a third line center is a lot.
I see an Alex Burrows type discount. Montreal is the team that gave him a chance to make the NHL ... no other team really was stepping up to give him a chance (I think the Isles did briefly but not certain). Montreal has been very good to him.
I could see him finishing around 30-points this year; we should be able to get him for $15M/5-years which doesn't seem unreasonable. If he slumps harder, you should be able to get him dirt cheap ~$2M. If he goes on a tear, that's what worries me. I'm a huge DD fan and while I think his defensive problems are overblown, he's definitely no Plekanec. Even if he finished with 40-points, I'm not sure I'd go over $3.5M-$4M.
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