The Flyers at Even Strength and Giroux
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03-25-2013, 12:06 PM
The Nightman Cometh
Join Date: Feb 2005
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Then you let them. The Flyers have a good enough foundation* that if Giroux walks for four firsts, you take the compensation, and add that depth to your organization over the next four years. Then, after year four, you can deal the firsts and seconds to get the player that'll get you over the top. It could even be Giroux (see Gratton).
We've seen what happened to Pitkanen, Richards, Carter and Gagne. They had some incredible seasons for the Flyers. In Pitkanen and Carter's case, it was actually closer to one. Still, if the Flyers were offered four first for either of those players, I don't think anyone here knowing what we now know wouldn't take those picks.
*Top nine forwards - Voracek, Hartnell, Read, Simmonds
*Third-line forwards - Schenn, Couturier
*Fourth-line forwards - McGinn, Rinaldo, Laughton
*Extras - Zolnierczyk, Wellwood, Holmstrom, Cousins
*3/4 defensemen - Coburn, Grossmann, Meszaros, Schenn
*5/6 defensemen - Gustafsson
*Extras - Manning
We're not that far out...
Loser attitude if you ask me. Four late first rounders (likely) for Giroux? No chance at all. What's $8m going to be 3/4 years into the cap? Most likely the equivalent of $6m today and Giroux will be a perennial all-star we let go for 4 Steve Downies.
Giroux's struggling (relatively) right now because he has to do everything himself. He has to get it in the zone, find the pass and even put it in himself most of the time. He's getting little help. It doesn't help that the only other form player in the forward group is very similar in style to himself.
We need a sniper.
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