Foligno hurt the team with poor decisions and bad penalties very often. He put up points but was a very disappointing player 5 on 5.
Smith has the potential to develop into the best 3rd line center in the league. He's big, fast and has a great shot. Physical, good defensively and has shown flashes of hands capable of putting up 20-20-40.
I'm not saying this wasn't a bad trade, but Foligno is an expendable player with Silfverberg, Stone, Zibanejad coming into the fold soon.
He had like 43 even strength points, more than many star players such as Ovechkin I think.
Foligno was expendable to a point, but good value needed to come back. this is horrible.
Now that I've calmed down a little, I think I'm warming up to this trade. I'm not overjoyed with it, but I'm realising it's not as bad as it first appears, and certainly not as bad as some people are making it out to be. Consider:
1) Ottawa was one of the better teams offensively last season, and one of the worst defensively.
2) Ottawa has lots of players pushing for 2nd and 3rd line time (Silfverberg, Da Costa, Greening, now Latendresse), including one who can probably do a lot of what Foligno does, only better (Zibby).
3) With the exception of Cowen and Borocop (who probably won't make the team this year), Ottawa has no banging, shot-blocking, PKing defencemen.
4) Foligno has had years to show he can play 2nd line time and can curb his tendency for stupid penalties. He hasn't. He's going to be 25 when the season starts, and it's starting to look like he'll never be more than a productive 3rd-line agitator. His value might never be higher than what it is right now.
All in all, we got rid of a player who was a bit redundant for one who matches what we really need. From what I've read, Methot is a very under-the-radar guy who is a solid shutdown guy, which is something we need more in both the short and long term.
I was sure Foligno was gonna go sooner or later, but I expected something in return. What's happening now? Where's the "veteran D-man" that they talked about? Anyone think Murray's looking to flip Gonchar, because otherwise I don't see much room to add another defenseman.
You guys are so hard to please. Everyone said we needed a hard-hitting defensive defenseman. Everyone wants to put Stone, Zibanejad, Silfverberg, Hoffman, etc. in to the lineup but you guys don't want anyone traded to create the spots. Not sure what you guys are expecting.