Why not? Rucchin plays 2nd line for atlanta..look how they're doing.
I see where you're coming from, but then again didn't we try Rucchin on the 2nd line here and it didn't work at all? I mean, I don't know I guess it depends on the kind of team you play on and how well you can play with your linemates.
If anything I like Avery on the top line because he could be out there to protect Jagr.
This is why I never get too bent out of shape over who makes the NHL first or when a guy even makes the NHL at all.
In the end even a guy who nets 70 points as a 24 year old could be a waiver guy within a few seasons.
Just something to keep in mind for all of us.
Tell me about it. A big reason for why I go nuts when people bring up stats defenite proof of how good a player is.
Still, I kind of like Samsonov. Its not someone who I have seen a ton off, and don't really got a picture of his workethic is ect. But he is really creative, not just flashy or skilled, but got a good head for a russian in the attacking zone.
A bum is that he is a 78', thought he were younger, does time flys or what?
I don't think his contract is a defenite no-go. 3.5 is nothing these days, or if you are paying someone 3.5 he better contribute, its not that, but if we for example this offseason are looking to get someone who can really contribute on a top 2 line, and there are no Straka/Rucnisky/Nylander steals out there to make, we will defenitly have to pay around 5m per for 4 years for a decent player, look at what guys like Zhamnov/Savard and co. got. Looking at it from that perspective two years and 3m is not much.
My biggest concern when it comes to him is of course his size and questionable defense, I don't think he would be a good fit with Nylander for example.
Though at the same time, next season, I do think he could help out a Dubinsky allot. And I defenitly belive he would be a better fit with Shanahan then Marcel Hossa is....
Originally Posted by NYR94
I don't think he ever played center in Boston. During his time there they had guys like Jason Allison, Joe Thornton, Tim Taylor, Brian Rolston, Jozef Stumpel and for a short time Nylander at center. Samsonov was a left wing.
He didn't pay center in Boston, and neiter did actually Nylander. He mostly played wing for both Chicago and Boston, I wonder if he weren't a wing with JJ too in Washington, though I am not sure, but I just got this picture back in my head were Kip Miller centered a line with JJ and Nylander.
Samsonov never skated a shift as a center in Boston. Strictly a wing. Since his wrist injury in the fall of 2002 he has had a myriad of problems--one of the biggest was actually crappy centermen and rotating linemates.
In the 2004 playoffs he was at a PPG with Nylander as his center. Personally, I think Sammy's headed to Chicago but he was pretty impressive with Nylander so it could possibly work out for the Rangers if Samsonov actually has full health and motivation.
I don't think there are any viable options out there to solve our 2nd line center problem, so why not take a FREE flyer on a player who used to be great and is still relatively young. I like those lines a lot.
Samsonov was one of my favorites when he entered the league... but his cap hit is too high for an injury prone winger who has struggled in recent years. Also, Prucha would get less playing time with Samsonov around. I say no to this one.
I don't get it??? If he's waived, that means no teams wanted to give up anything for him. Wouldn't they rather take a 6th round pick or something for him instead of getting nothing? I'm sure the Rangers would've given up a 6th rounder for him.
I think it's just a waiting game. The last place team overall gets to claim a guy on waiver, unless I believe they have already claimed a guy on waivers, in which case they would go behind all the teams that have not, IIRC. So if the Flyers were last overall, they could claim him, but after that, they would be last to claim the next guy... Is that right? Anyway, if nobody claims him for full price, he probably gets sent to the AHL. Once he is recalled, even if somebody traded for him, he would have to pass through again, I think. But the Habs would be on the hook for half his contract. So why claim him now when you can get him for half price in a few weeks? Would you pay 4 bucks for a cup of coffee if you could get it for 2? Judging by the # of Starbuck's popping up in my area, alot of people would. Bad example...