Lovejoy proved he could be an effective 7th defenseman. Strait proved nothing. I don't get why you guys say it is a risky move. Strait isn't even that good. Too bad if we lose him, but you don't need him.
We need to trade for a top 4 d, not worry about some middle of the road prospect.
I don't see how you can say that. Strait played quite well for us last year... certainly a hell of a lot better than Lovejoy did. And is younger with more upside. Lovejoy will never ever be more than a 7th/8th D for us. Strait can be a 7th guy, but still has potential to be much more.
I've been looking for trouble... but trouble hasn't been cooperating!
Yeah I'm not pleased, as someone who likes Strait and from a asset management perspective. This is the issue we were concerned about with drafting so many dmen. Yes some will pan out, others won't. However, we are in a situation where the org spent years of time and money developing an NHL dman and then could lose him for nothing. Maybe he won't be claimed since others teams are all waiving guys quickly to meet quick deadlines, but it's frustrating none the less.
This will have to be the way going forward for the Pens.
With the high end prospects pushing the mid to low level guys to waivers because the team is out of options or slots. This is as it should be as long as long as the high end guys pan out it wont be an issue.
Actually not a bad 'problem' to have.
If I was D starved team I would def take a chance.
300 posts on him. In the first page comments from Toronto, Ottawa and Ranger fans saying take a shot at him.
I hope he gets claimed. I think he can be a very steady bottom pairing guy on a team that needs defensive dept. Who knows he might be even better in a different defensive system. Heard he had some illness early this season, that's why he started off slow this season. He has been great in WBS the past two seasons.
So remind me again about this plan to stack up on defensemen because 'they are like gold in the NHL and we can always trade them for forwards'. I am sure that was the plan right? How much gold we getting for this guy? Or even loose change that fell into the couch?
This was always the flaw with this plan. And will show with all the higher defensive prospects as well. Defensemen who have established themselves have value. Prospects or guys with limited track records? You aren't getting value for.
This is stupid....Strait was our 4th best dman in the playoffs last year.
He'll get picked up. Simply stupid on our part.
I think people need to relax a bit. Strait is a solid, serviceable dman but let's not pretend we just lost a young future Norris candidate here. Is he better than Lovejoy? Yeah probably. Is he that much better that it's some devastatingly horrible decision? Definitely not.