George McPhee II
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07-21-2013, 01:45 PM
Join Date: Jul 2011
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Patrick Kane was the Hawks leading scorer this season. He outscored Hossa by 23 points. He lead the Hawks in the playoffs and was 2nd in the league during the post season. So, the Hawks "one player" was hitting on all cylinders.
When Ovechkin isn't producing you would hope that Backstrom would pick up the slack. The Caps top 5 in scoring in the playoffs was Green, Ward, Perreault, Backstrom and Chimera in that order. 5pts total from Ovechkin and Backstrom is just not something the Caps can survive very well.
The cap hit for Kane Toews and Hossa is $17.875m. Ovechkin and Backstrom are at $16.238m. Add Ribeiro and the cap hit is $21.2m. That's 7pts combined for the
I probably shouldn't mention that if Hossa had scored 31pts(brouwer had 33pts) and followed with an off playoffs, our board would be rife with demand that he be dumped.
So....is it McPhee's fault that so much of the cap is tied up in those two players?
Kane was mediocre until the final game of the WCF. 0 goals his first 6 games. 2 goals his first 15 games. Patrick Sharp 8 goals through that span. He was playing scared through much of it too, which for all his disappointments you can't say about Ovechkin.
And yes, it is McPhee's fault that his 2nd line costs 12.5 million and doesn't have a single player anywhere near Sharp or Hossa caliber. It's his fault that he puts his star players with a guy who can't play the body, can't fight for the puck and can't finish to the point where we can literally see the effectiveness being drained out of that line. It's also his fault that he has our version of Steve Montador penciled into a top 4 role. And it's also his fault that we have a 2.5 million dollar version of Thomas Greiss/Anton Khudobin/Richard Bachmann sitting on the bench.
Of course, if he did anything to make the team not mediocre in any capacity we might end up like the Flyers, so thank god we dodged that bullet. "We like our team" right?
And no, if Hossa scored 31 points in 40 games while battling injuries and wasn't a one trick PP pony that's about to come crashing down to earth this board would probably be more understanding of it.
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