If Laich is your 3C, you have an average 3C being paid 4.5 million doing work Jay Beagle can do better for much less. If he's your top 6 C, then you need a top 6 C badly. If he's your top 6 W, you're paying 4.5 million for a top 6 W who sucks at forechecking, working the boards, is below average at generating and average at finishing offensive plays, and is still worse than Troy Brouwer at working the net despite it being his bread and bakery. But at least he can glare at people and be good/canadian/boy. A capable filler top 6 W if put with great linemates, sure, but for 4.5 you want a bit more than that.
No matter where he is on the team he is significantly overpaid for what he brings.
If you're pissed about 41 points for $4.5 million...you must really be pissed about 54 points and $6.7 million.
He should be playing second line LW and he could put up numbers in that very role. But he plays all over the place as needed.
There are guys to be pissed about...I dont see Laich as one of them.
In the good ol' days of '09-'10 he scored 12 ES goals. Tied for 8th on the team for forwards. 8th. You'd think a 2nd liner would have better numbers than that.
When the team moved to a more defensive system last year he scored 11 ES goals.
This past season he scored 10 ES goals.
I'm sticking to my opinion. He's not nearly a strong enough offensive player to be a 2nd line winger.
Edit for clarity purposes. I put the faceoff information in there because I don't think he has the abilities to play anywhere on the 2nd line and at his cap hit he better be playing center on the 3rd line.
Has anyone had the desire or want to review game 7 yet? I haven't however if and when someone does can they look at the off sides that were called on us? For some reason I've had recurring flashbacks of two or three that I thought were questionable. Also an interference non call in the offensive zone seems to be niggling at me.
Just subtle things that the linesmen and refs have the power to skew.
Dollars to Donuts New Jersey and Phoenix will not get those borderline calls to their favour.
May change my name from Dream Big to the Big Cynical.