These 2 moves made by Gauthier(Campoli and Betts) are something people always complained about late in the year when he traded picks to acquire such player. Now we have plenty of dept and keeping our draft picks, no one better complain!
I for one have really lamented the loss of the draft picks. I think they've gotten good value in most of those trades, guys like Wiz and Shneider made big impacts and without them the playoffs were doubtful, but in the end they were one season rentals and the picks haven't been replaced. The quality of our scouting dept. only makes me lament those picks more. Timmins turns picks into NHLers at a remarkably consistent rate.
So regardless of how Betts and Campoli work out (and I like both moves, but have limited expectations of the players beyond being competent bottom pair NHLers on a good team), PG has addressed depth issues without spending picks, he's added a legit top line player through FA and he's kept a core group who clearly get along together, veterans and top young talent both. He's also hung onto enough cap room to remain flexible going into the season. Never been a PG fan, but I can't fault any of his moves this off season (edit- except Budaj, jury's definitely out for me on that one). I'll take Betts and Campoli over Halperin/Sopel in a heartbeat.
Maybe it's a "concern", but Gauthier still believe it's worth the risk.
Even if he ends up sucking, what did we lose? Our waiver wire spot? How often do we pick players on waivers?
I'm amongst the few guys who suggested Betts so don't get me wrong, I'm glad we got him. Actually, it's amongst the most easiest decisions Gauthier had to take in years but let's give him the credit, he did take it. Was mostly responding to people who were saying that it made no sense since his shoulder was not just hurt but finished. Clearly, if Gauthier picked him, it's not to put him on the IR. It's to help till everybody is back. So we will need a guy with 2 pretty good shoulders, I believe.
Yet I agree with some.....with 1 shoulder he's better than Engqvist who actually didn't have any shoulders....
Thank god, too bad Engqvist, it's 100% your fault|
Can't agree more. Or is it possible that he can't give more than he did at this point in his career? Tough to really know if it's a lack of effort or just a lack of talent/confidence. We'll give him the benefit of the doubt and hope he progresses this year in Hamilton.....but he CLEARLY wasn't good enough despite the supposed GREAT assets he had in winning faceoffs and not being beat defensively. Clearly, it wasn't enough....and in reality it really wasn't.
Wait this can't be right. Just yesterday very knowledgeable posters were telling me that PG was a pacifist and was trying to build a team of creampuffs, "no way would he ever claim Betts!" they exclaimed. I'm going to wait for a more reliable source than multiple people on twitter before I believe this hogwash!
Man he really does have some shoulder problems though:
2009/12/17 Missed 12 games (dislocated right shoulder).
2009/11/22 Dislocated right shoulder, late December.
2009/10/31 Missed 7 games (right shoulder injury).
2009/10/08 Right shoulder injury, mid-November.
2004/04/04 Missed the last 46 games of the regular season (shoulder injury).
2004/03/21 Shoulder injury, remainder of the regular season.
2003/12/31 Shoulder injury, sidelined indefinitely.
2003/12/29 Missed 15 games (shoulder injury).
2003/11/25 Shoulder injury, day-to-day.