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01-31-2014, 10:04 AM
Change is good.
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Brooklyn of course
I actually really like Brassard and would love to keep him, especially if you can get him on a 2-3 year deal near his QO.
For years, people would make excuses for Dubi by pointing to a limited span of a couple of months and trying to somehow argue that that limited run was representative of his true talent, despite the fact that he vast majority of his sample here he showed himself to be a very pedestrian player (offensively, anyway). In Brassard's case, it's the opposite. He scored 11 points in 13 regular season games last year, 12 points in 12 post-season games last year and then this year, had a bad month and a half to start the season (along with the rest of the team) and since then has 24 points in 32 games, while being largely responsible for the resurgence of the powerplay (along with Zuke).
Is he a consistent PPG 1st line center? Of course not. Are there holes in his game? Yes. Is he somewhat inconsistent? History would say yes (although he's only had one down period since he's been here and it coincided with all the craziness at the beginning of the year that caused damn near the entire team to struggle).
The issue we have is that Stepan is not nearly the true dominant, dynamic #1C you would want with Brassard as your #2C. He's a 1C/2C tweener playing ahead of Brassard, who is pretty much an average 2C and, as a result, while both are fine players in their own rights, depth down the middle is not the team's strong suit.
So, sign Brassard to a short term deal, give Miller and Lindberg an opportunity to develop in the bottom six/the AHL and work to acquire that guy who can be a dominant 1C - then slot the others in behind depending on their progression and whom you had to give up in the process of getting that dominant #1.
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