Iginla Traded To Pittsburgh
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03-28-2013, 06:12 PM
Join Date: Aug 2010
Nobody bite my head off, because
I do believe the Penguins were a stronger contender than the wings prior to their moves
However, how different was the quality of the two rosters prior to the deadline moves? This isnt a statistical comparisson, but rather for ***** and giggles. Im operating under 3 givens:
A) Pitt is more offensive.
B) Our team is more defensive. (Looking at GA/G the difference is negligble, but I do believe our team defence is better, our system is more defense focused)
C) Comparisons below arent always statisically relevent (ie. Neal - Franzen) but often are (ie. Fleury - Howard).
both teams have two top line centers.
Malkin - Datsyuk
both lines have good top 6 winger depth
Neal - Franzen
Kunitz (insane breakout year) - Brunner (good(?) breakout year)
Dupuis - Filppula
Both teams have "Grinders playing up the roster"
Cooke - Abdelkader
Bennett - Cleary
Both teams top defenceman are dynamic offensively and "meh" defensively.
Letang - Kronwall
Niether team has an outstanding shutdown defenceman
Orpik - Ericsson
Both teams have a rookie Defence playing solid hockey
Despres - Smith
Third line centers are of the same caliber
Sutter - Helm
The complimentary pieces are playing at similar levels
Martin - Kindl
Niskanen - Quincey
Kennedy - Andersson
Both starting goalies are of the same caliber
Fleury - Howard
Again, I dont think this team is an elite contender, but i dont think we are as far off as some people say. Obviously, our rosters and abilities are "trending" in the opposite direction of Pittsburg due to ages. But when you look at things on a single season basis we are still a very good team. Our record doesnt show it but I see two reasons for that:
-We have a habit of playing down to weaker teams.
-More man games lost to injury than any other team.
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