Roster Speculation Part V: Report - Pominville asked for his NTC list of 8
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04-01-2013, 06:45 PM
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I think it's more along the lines of seeing someone like him go while some of the other players who exemplify what's wrong here stay (I'm looking at you Nancy). Say what you want about Poms (and he is clearly not having a great season), overall he's a talented player who produces consistently, isn't a diva, and almost always puts forth an effort .
He's an easy whipping boy for many because he doesn't fit the stereotypical mold of a captain that some have and he doesn't play the fan favorite hitting game etc. Some people have never gotten over him being named captain instead of Vanek. He's also an even keeled not to down not to up sort of personality and this combined with the fact that he ends up being the person giving the interviews in a crappy season means he gets more than his share of blame.
I think he's a very good player and good individual who does stuff the right way and does what he's asked to as well as he can without the sulking, etc. I also don't believe he's a great captain, but I don't think there is a player on this roster who has the makings of a great captain, though one or two might down the road.
There are far bigger problems on the roster than having Jason Pomminville on it. I think he's a valuable piece who can bring a lot going forward if he stays. He produces with whoever he is with (occasional slumps aside) can play in all situations (certainly he's better defensively than he's showed this year) and he's rarely injured.
I wouldn't be upset if he were replaced as captain and I would be damn happy to see him swapped off the point on the PP, but I'd miss a player like him more than I have most who are no longer in blue and gold.
I understand re-tooling and I'm a fan of the sweater so I'll adjust, but I definitely understand the sentiment. If they clearly get better as a result and jettison some of the other ballast, I can live with it.
I like Poms a lot, but I just think this is a time where things fall into place to move on. He's good but elite, so it's reasonable to move him if you can get a 1st + good prospect and try and move forward. He has 1 year left on his contract and it's unlikely the Sabres will be very good next year, in which case we'd likely be moving him at the next deadline anyhow. Having the team's 3 best (or 3 of the best) players up for contract next season is a dangerous situation. If we were going for a Cup then you look past that, but we aren't. The team needs to identify which if any of those 3 we should and can keep beyond next year, and the others need to be moved for the best return possible.
I won't be upset if he's not traded, in fact only a few days ago I predicted that he probably won't be. But if there's a good return out there I believe it's the smart move.
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