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01-05-2014, 08:26 PM
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Originally Posted by thadd View Post
And look at all the points Kadri and Gagner were on pace for last year. I suppose they're first line players too?

I really enjoyed lasts season. I enjoyed watching my team move forward with a rookie coach about a month into this season I realized that the performances of any and all players who didn't make the playoffs meant absolutely nothing.

Sadly, Kadri(if you're a Leafs fan) is on pace for only 46 points and a whopping -22 while Gagner(if you're an Oil fan) is on pace for 30 points and get this...... you're not going to believe it... .MINUS 40!!!!!! AHHHHH!!!! *Pulls hair out*

Anyhoo to help you understand how much more Buff is worth. Let's look at simple stats here.

Buff averages 26 minutes per game.
Simmonds averages 16 minutes per game.

While Buff's -11 is worse than Simmonds' -4, Buff plays a lot more minutes. There are very few d-men in the NHL who should be playing that many minutes and Buff does it while being on pace for 60 points. 1/3 of them being on the PP.

Anyone in Philly's position would be crazy to turn this down because there aren't ANY other 6"5 265 pound players capable of putting up 60 points and clearing the net while playing 26 minutes per game.

A player of Buff caliber is not comparable to any of the pieces coming from Philly in the OP and that's exactly why I think that Philly fans are the last who could say they're not getting the better end of this deal.
You just said Simmonds was "far from" a consistent 25-goal scorer. In his 169 games since he joined the Flyers, he paces for 27.6 goals per 82 and has only missed 3 games.

If you are going to discount Simmonds for not reaching full-season benchmarks a half-season after a lockout that killed almost half of last season, I guess we can say there's no such thing as a consistent 65-point scorer or a consistent 35-goal scorer or a consistent 25-game winner in the entire NHL, because no one has reached any of those benchmarks since April 2012, either.

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