this is an odd statement. i agree with the rest of the post but i see lats controlling the puck a lot. he's actually pretty good at keep away and there were numerous instances where he controlled the puck and setup other players. he seems to like to do that from behind the net.
He does that from behind the net for sure. I'm thinking of times when he's passed to at the red-line. More often than not he's looking to dish it off to Turris or Alfie to carry it in.
He is done ..every year is another surgery try to get a 2nd for him or package him with are 1st to move up a spot or 2
If this year taught us anything is that we have depth
LW ..Prince Puempel Conacher Filatov
RW Silfverberg Stone Noesen
Just let the kids plan gain experience
I agree we have depth but the LW has far too many question marks to get rid of a proven goal scorer, although frustrating as heck. Prince I would love to see, Puempel most likely needs time in the AHL and is Filatov actually an option? I consider him as good as gone because it doesn't seem like he is willing to put in the work/time to reach his potential in the NHL.
I can understand wanting to move him, but trading to move up a spot or two, or a 2nd round pick is incredibly stupid.
If his value is that low, keep him.
Quit with the common sense... He is the perfect winger for Spezza, he is a different player when Spezz is in the lineup he showed it. He is also very hard to play against big body kills penalties strong on the puck. This team is also very young you need a mix of veterans and youngsters. I just hope Spezza, Karlsson, Michalek, Wiercioch all get a good summer of healing and training in. Next year they make a push.