No matter how many different ways people try to twist these arguments, it comes down to one sheer fact: this team needs a true playmaking center to complement Shanahan. Everything else falls into place after that...at least among the forwards.
I realize this guy played well for the Stanley Cup champions, but I just don't get it. What does he do? He's got world class skating ability but nothing else. Can't pass, can't shoot, doesn't hit, bad in the D zone, bad in the O zone, gets knocked off the puck constantly... am i missing anything?
this teams needs a second line center.....still
Your off a bit, but not really. The guy seems as useless as useless can be. i mean he is a 3rd liner and thats that, for the contract and money he was giving its looking like a huge waste of space, lets see if and when NYR makes the playoffs what he does, he might step it up, but I can highly doubt that.
Matt Cullen has 106 goals and 293 points in 619 NHL games. That's 14 goals and 39 points per 82 games.
He's on pace for 12 goals and 38 points this year. Matt Cullen is below his career average this season by a whopping one point.
Ask yourself: is there something wrong with Matt Cullen or did you simply have absurd expectations?
He had a career-high 49 points getting nearly five minutes of powerplay time a game on the third-highest scoring team in the league.
You reduce his powerplay time, you get less points. It's very simple. But even if you give him the PP time, you're still not getting the 70 points or whatever you expected. Cullen is who he is and he's not going to change at the age of 30.
I realize the type of player Cullen is, and has been throughout his career as the 3rd line/power play guy. But the higher expectations come from being put into a different role with this team, where more production IS expected. What I mean is, the organization didn't sign him to be a 50-point 3rd line center. They put him into a bigger role, and he's not been able to fill it.
I guess another way to say would be that if we did have cullen as our 3rd line center, then betts as the fourth, and someone who adequately could fill the 2nd line C, then I would be please with cullen's current production. But at his current position, and contract, he is absolutely underperforming, regardless of his personal history.
I also realize the rico fata comparison is over-dramatic, it was made for sarcasm and shock value, but there are many similarities between them nonetheless