Having a 40+ goal scorer isn't all it's cracked up to be. None of the last 4 stanley cup winners had one. The three winners before that did, but scoring was a lot higher coming out of the lockout.
IMO, balanced scoring is more important than having one guy who can score a lot. That's not to say I don't want someone who can score 40, but as a 40 goal scorer, Gaborik leaves a lot to be desired. I'd rather have 30 goals from someone who is more consistent and adds in other ways when he isn't scoring. Of course, finding that guy is just as hard.
With the waiving of Halpern, something must be up. Maybe it's just making room on the roster for Fasth, I don't know. Sather always has something up his sleeve.
i wish the NYR had a player like Lucic, Backes, Doan, guys even when they dont score they are still noticeable...
Callahan is also a very unique player. Doesn't have superstar skill but can still turn the flow of a game around by himself. I think he's becoming underappreciated around here. On pace for 27 goals and a staggering 309 hits over a full season. Talk about unique, the only other player in the league that consistently puts up even remotely similar numbers is Alex Ovechkin.
Lucic is one of the most unique players in the league. He has a lot of scoring talent and can be a complete goon, not to mention his massive size.
Agreed. I was referring to the comment of wishing the rangers had a player that was visible on more than just the score sheet.
aside from dropping the gloves, which I don't believe has as much impact on a game as popular convention holds, Callahan is visible on as many of his shifts per game as a guy like Backes, Doan, or Lucic.
As far as tools go imho, I'd take a power forward with the elite skill level of Nash over a guy with the duality of fighting that Lucic brings.
And for two-way forwards: I'd take the duality of good offense and top flight PKer, who should be on the ice in every big situation, over the duality of a guy with good offense and hits a notch or two harder, plus drops the gloves.
Don't get me wrong though, I love Lucic's game. But I like Cally's more. And Backes' for that matter.