There has got to be a trade in the works, as Zanon does essentially nothing for us in terms of improving our current defense. At least that is my hope. Another spot that I'd love to see us giving our young guys a chance to fill, even if we're just rotating them through from Lake Erie.
I've wanted Zanon for a while now. Great team guy and a warrior. As others have said, it's just the number of bottom pairing guys we have now that concerns me. I feel a trade coming. Hejda and O'Byrne being the likely targets.
The best comparison I can find that Avs fans can relate to is: Greg deVries.
Zanon is a good skater, good passer and most importantly is a player who will play inside his means. He'll make the safe play up the boards and he plays a solid, defensive game. Don't expect a lot of offense but you guys will be happy with his play defensively for sure.
I think AB hit it right on the head when he said he may very well be the Avs best defensive d-man. This is a very good signing.
Having said all that, he's probably still just a bottom pairing guy but who knows, perhaps he can take on a bit of an expanded role on the middle pairing...remains to be seen.
Greg Zanon has been in the top 5 in blocked shots in 3 of the last 4 seasons and been in the top 10 every season since 06/07 except last season when he only played 17 games. I like this signing seen him play plenty of times as a Wild and Nashville player just still don't see the point in keeping Hunwick and O'Brien if management were planning on signing D-men on July 1 all along.