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07-09-2013, 01:37 PM
Son Oncle Jerry
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Originally Posted by Andy View Post
Eller is 24 years old and has improved each of the last three seasons. He was three points away from leading the team in points as a centre. Eller also had by far the best PPG per Powerplay time ratio. Given the lineup, Lars Eller brings something unique as a centre with size, is multi-dimensional and improving.

Briere is turning 36 and has regressed in the last three seasons. He's redundant in the lineup, one-dimensional, old and declining. He's a poor fit regardless of his playoff production as the team would need to make the playoffs for Briere to be effective (and we're assuming that he will be). I'm not a fan, we already have one centre who requires soft minutes and offensive zone starts to be effective, we didn't need another.

I'm not confident in a player who's only saving grace right now is "but he produces in the playoffs". He probably still has some left in the tank, but he's still a poor fit on the current roster.
Only saving grace? Come on. NOBODY on last year's roster was stepping up when we needed a goal big time. Nobody. In the series against the Sens, nobody could score "THE" important goal to put the game away or come back in it... or start strong.

As for Briere's numbers decreasing last season, look at Philly as a team. Scott Hartnell had 11 POINTS! Eleven. Does that mean he's washed up? Read just had slightly better stats by Briere if we look at PPG. Couturier also regressed big time.

The year before, Briere was still good for a pace of 57 points in 82 games. He can play center. Which means if one of our top-3 C goes down, we can still replace them with an offensive weapon capable of generating offense. Depth down the middle is one of the most important things to win in hockey... AND in the playoffs.

As for Gionta, Briere and Desharnais, the one who's the best player among those three is Briere, and by far. Gionta, in 4 years with us, has yet to even cross the 50 points mark. At 5M/year. I bet you in his first year, Briere will get it.

As for "Gionta taking on tougher matchups", it didn't help us in the last few years, and it definitely didn't help us win a playoffs series in the last 3 seasons.

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