Honestly, I'd be entirely comfortable with a guy like this penciled into our top 6/7.
Clearly, he can't be a significant downgrade from Gervais or Foster while possessing considerably more upside. I could easily see him being a good partner for a Grossmann or Coburn on the second or third pairing.
Too bad he can't draft and develop a young defenseman.
in his defense he hasn't really taken any in high rounds recently. the only ones that come to mind are Sbisa (1st rounder), Marshall (2nd rounder) and Ghost (3rd rounder). Ghost seems to be developing well but it's still early, Sbisa was traded before we could see how he would turn out in our system and Marshall is just a straight up bust. and considering Subban was taken one or two spots later that one really hurts. but i think the main problem attributing to our lack of high end defensive prospects is the fact that the team doesn't draft d-men in higher rounds.
"So, Mr. Zaitsev, let me up the ante. If you can be here tomorrow, I'll personally make sure you're on the top pairing for the game against the Rangers. ... No, for real. ... And that's just an expression of how highly we think of you, not in any way out of desperation!"
sounds from the one report on another thread around here that he is playing in Europe until 4/30 so we might not hear anything until after. probably why the Flyers didnt want the report leaked, gives teams 15 days to try and get him to change his mind -- if its all true.
It's about time for the Flyers to start looking at what has been working for decades for teams like Detroit and New Jersey!
Sign him! He'll also be able to talk in his native language to Bryz. Perhaps the Flyers organization will finally fix the defense problem, rather than wait for a Pronger return.....and stop looking for a Pronger replacement!
To me, Pronger is the latest Forsberg. How long did it take the Flyers to get over that mistake?
I still see idiots posting for a Forsberg return each season!