Should Thornton be traded?
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02-26-2013, 01:51 PM
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Out of curiosity, which?
Hawks, Bruins, Kings, Ducks?
If there were more than one player in that group that didn't fit the trend, you'd have a point. But lets go to contenders this year: Chicago (Kane and Toews), Pittsburgh (Malkin and Crosby), LA (Kopitar and Brown), Vancouver (the Sedins, and Kesler), St. Louis (Backes and Oshie, or Berglund and Perron, or Tarasenko, you get it),
Going over my memory of the roster, it is an interesting set. Chicago and Vancouver do it the traditional way: depth plus top players. Chicago is more top-heavy on defense, Vancouver up front. Pittsburgh is doing it the Colorado way: Two world-class players. LA does (did) it with a good roster with an elite goaltender, like Boston. St. Louis is doing through effective strategy and team-play like the 2003-2004 Sharks.
Over 20 games, have they? 5 points is five games is a hell of a lot different than 20 points in 20 games.
Kings got the salary help with Brown, who's on one of the best contracts in the league.
One of the differences is that Doughty, Brown, and Kopitar all "elevated" their play during the playoffs, or as hockey analytics would put it, had favorable variances during the playoffs. Doughty isn't normally a Norris caliber D, but he played like one in the playoffs. Etc., etc.
And actually, as the cap goes down again in the next couple of years, ELC's become of even greater importance. The Oilers are wasting the ELC years of their players, particularly Taylor Hall, and they're doing a piss poor job of developing RNH and Yakupov, combined with a really unfortunate injury to Shawn Horcoff, which forced them to throw RNH to the wolves.
, tank-to-win does not work.
Plenty of players have been thrown to the wolves and found success.
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