Kovalev played 1 out of 4 games and he is 36, Koivu lost a lot of his step last year, he isn't a no.1 center anymore, he is 35 and has gone through a lot. Tanguay I like, but I didn't like that he seemed to be floating out there, didn't like the corners, didn't like the front of the net. He is a finesse player .. Gionta and Cammalleri are smaller, but just wait until you watch them day in and day out ...
I've been saying for a while now that we needed a change in leadership. Those might not have been the players that I would have chosen as I'm a prominent fan of rough and tough play, but between the two groups, I pick the new one.
Having said that, I really would have liked to see Tanguay back. Local product, wanted to come back, a great player as well. That to me is the most disappointing.
We got younger, faster, more consistent in the goal scoring department, and I think gritter, albeit smaller.
I would still like to bring Kovalev back-somehow, or a Beauchemin. Both are probably unlikely.
So what is TSN going to say now? Yesterday before Gionta it was,"they better have chemistry." Well, we know Gionta and Gomez can have chemistry. Now it's going to be that we're too small. I don't think these players play small, which makes a difference. Just tell the third and fourth line to go out and hit everything they see. And let our first line go around the pylons in Toronto and Boston.
Plus I like this because now Akosty can develop even more without the pressure of needing to be a 30 goal man..maybe now he will slide into that easier with the first line being the target of other teams.
I'm excited! One more of -Kovalev, D man or bottom 6 grit would be great.
Last year Tanguay-Koivu-Kovalev cost 15 million. You want to go on the open market and get 3 guys who are younger, better, and more durable... do you actually expect to pay the same amount?
And I fail to see how we lose anything in the toughness department. Tanguay is a complete wimp, Gomez has less heart but is more powerful and durable than Saku. Over the last couple years there have been games where Koivu looks gassed after the 1st period. And Kovalev? Yeah he's big and strong when he feels like it.
I like how our new trio fits the playmaking center and two goal scoring wingers mold. I like Cammalleri, I think he will do fine here. I am not so sure about Gomez-Gionta combo. Both seem more like they had one great fluke of a year, but neither has proven much since. Both seem grossly overpaid to me. Now I'd be fine if they returned to their 80+ point form, but it seems unlikely and the most I would realistically expect out of each is around 65-70 points. Gionta's goal to assist ratio seems a bit worrisome. He should be more of a goal scorer in my mind than someone to dish out assists, especially with Gomez being there.
Right now, which duo would you rather have playing for your team?
Not only is it an upgrade, but those players are owned for the next FIVE YEARS. Koivu and Kovalev are on the downard slope, and won't play for more than two other seasons. Kovalev might even not play anymore game in the NHL in fact.
And I'm saying that like others here, I would have liked to keep him here. Local boy, great player, great attitude. No softer than what we've signed and/or traded for...
Thats fine, you're entitiled to your opinion. Mine is that i wasen't a big fan and didn't think he had much character. Do our new players?? Honestly, i don't know..but we needed a few players who can score and I think Gionta and Cammalleri are better scorers then Tanguay who is a playmaker like Gomez.
You guys have short memory.. Koivu, Tanguay and Kovalev played great together during the last few strides of the season and they formed a pretty solid line, racking up points like crazy. The 3 of them had a lot of skills too, no doubt about it.
If the question is, are Gomez, Gionta and Cammalleri more skilled? I am not going to say yes. I'll wait and see what Gomez, Gionta and Cammalleri will be able to do first. Honestly, I think it's pretty close in terms of skills; I don't see them as a huge upgrade, nor as a downgrade. Of course, you could factor in other things like age, salary etc... But judging in terms of pure talent, it is hard to pick one over the other.
I don't know why a lot of people here automatically assume Gomez is going to play with Gionta and Cammalleri. IMO, there is a good chance they won't play on the same line. It is likely that Gomez will be paired with Gionta, but their line could very well be completed with a heavier guy like A.Kostitsyn.