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06-29-2013, 12:55 AM
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Originally Posted by wflames View Post
You are absolutely right that Tanguay is a first liner due to his style of play. However, as he showed last year, he can no longer be relied upon to overmatch the other team's first line players. I see Tanguay as a mediocre to poor top-6 forward, and the bad thing about that is even if he's the third best left winger on the Avs next season, he's not really a guy who is going to be effective playing on the third line. It's top 6 or bust for him.

On the other hand, we have Jones, and he has top-6 potential, though as you say he has a high chance of winding up on the third line. With his skill set, though, he is capable of being a very effective third line player and helping the team.

We are pretty set for offensive left wingers right now, but we have a lack of right wingers and size. That's why trading a poor first liner for a good third liner is not actually a bad move. I think that value is about more than just a players' role. For example, if we were offered Brad Marchand (a third-liner) for Alex Tanguay (a first-liner), would you take the deal? How about Tyler Seguin (another third-liner)?
Terrible comparisons...

Brad Marchand:
2010/2011: 21 Goals, 20 Assists
2011/2012: 28 Goals, 27 Assists
2012/2013: 18 Goals, 18 Assists

Tyler Seguin:
2010/2011: 11 Goals, 11 Assists
2011/2012: 29 Goals, 38 Assists
2012/2013: 16 Goals, 16 Assists

Now for David Jones...
2010/2011: 27 Goals, 18 Assists
2011/2012: 20 Goals, 17 Assists
2012/2013: 3 Goals, 6 Assists

And for the hell of it I looked up Blake Comeau: 6 goals, 6 assists on the season (2 goals with the Jackets, 3 assists for both teams) still better than Jones this season. If I was offered Seguin for Tanguay would I do it? Sure. But we weren't offered him. Comparing these third liners is like comparing tricycle to a Porsche 911. Both will get you to where you want to go, but one is clearly better than the other.

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