Probably a smart move today. Got someone who WANTS to play here, dreamed of it actually. A young guy heading into his prime, big body who can play tough defensive minutes and move the puck at the same time, can step into our PP and help it immediately. Our only D man who can play both sides, already so versatile. I didn't think he'd actually come home, there's no doubt better offers out there. He took a discount. I am happy.
This, precisely. He absolutely took less, and Gillis made a very good move.
So here's what I've been thinking. The bottom line is...
Is MUCH better for next year than
And it's that simple. The only good thing about getting Schultz, would be putting him in the minors, and having a terrific 'fill-in Dman' in case someone in the lineup got hurt. But that little ***** wanted not only gauranteed icetime, but gauranteed top-4 minutes. So he was useless to us. He couldn't have worked out. We didn't need him in the top-4, plus we couldn't AFFORD to put him in the top-4.
In summary: Gillis came through in a BIG way. I was getting scared there with Rome, Gragnani, Then Schultz, the Salo all parting ways - but now, everything is good. EVERYTHING!
Florida fans were pretty willing to give him 5 mil for 5 years.
Well, some of us. Personally I think it all came down to that Tallon didn't want to create a logjam on D with another long-term contract. And since a budget team like Panthers can't offer frontloaded 8-12 million annual contracts, he was pretty much a goner.
I have never seen him play, outside of some highlights, but here is what I gathered, from various sources:
Good puck-moving defenseman.
Moves well enough to get the puck out of danger.
He is a shooter more than a passer.
People say he has a great shot from the point.
He has nice size, and he is willing to use it.
However, he cannot be considered physical, despite the hit numbers.
I guess that means he is not a pushover, but he cannot be depended on to deliver big hits every game.
He plays great defense.
One scouting report says "efficient".
I guess that means he has good positioning.
He played over 23 minutes a game last year, against some of the toughest competition last year, and still has the sixth highest Corsi numbers (which I don't know, but people have been using it to determine defensive prowess).
People worry about his offense and rather if he was a one year wonder, but I think even if he fell back down to earth, his defense would be worth his contract.
Edler and Ballard need a steady presence, and if he steadies them and allows them to score more, then there is no need to worry about a drop in offense.
Nevertheless, I think his offense would be fine.
He has a big time shot, he moves well enough, and our players loves to feed the point for that big shot.
Plus, he is just entering his prime, so hopefully a regression is unlikely.
Conservatively, I will say he gets at least 8 goals, but I would expect 10+, many of which would be on the powerplay.
Congrats guys, G52 will will a steady, solid, durable 2-way d-man for you, even if he doesn't produce at last year's level, he can still log a ton of minutes. As for Lou, Tallon has made it clear that he doesn't want to give a prospect of the level of a Bjugstad, Petrovic, or Howden, but with time either side can cave in.