After the 08-09 season he will be an ufa. I know he has not alot of value cause he has no offenisve skills and is mainly a 4th liner, but he does do the little things block shots, faceoffs, kills penalties, play well down low and along the boards. Any chance we resign him to a new contract, or does he get dealt during the season so a young rookie or kid can take his spot??? i dont want to deal him unless we get an upgrade.
I think it will come down to how well the kids play this year in the AHL. Players like Dupont, Moore, and Pyatt will probably vie for that spot. If one has a good year in the AHL Betts could be supplanted. I don't think he will be resigned until the end of next season.
Betts is a 4th line center personified. I dont see him going anywhere.
Im not saying hes ready to bust out offensively, but lets not forget the majority of his games were played flanked by Hollweg and Orr. Put Betts in the middle of Korpikoski and Sjostrom for a whole season and you might see him pump in a few goals.
Very quietly the PK suffered because Betts wasnt full strength out there after the foot problem and surgery.
If they had him full strength against the Pens, it might have been a different story in that series because not only would he have been fresher for those kills, but Gomez and company wouldnt have had to spend that much effort killing powerplays in the series.
I think he is a perfect 4th line center, he wins faceoffs, plays ultra responsible and does the little things like blocking shots extremely well.
The problem with Betts looking long term, is his linemates. Looking into next year he probably wont have a Hollweg/Orr tandem for the most of the season but possibly Korpo/Sjostrom or another winger with Sjostrom. The line has potential to score, and with Betts limited creativity with the puck they might be holding the other wingers back.
We all saw with Korpedo did in one game, he could replace Betts all together down the road and provide most of what Betts can do. But havent seen enough to know if hes a true forth liner or more of a 2nd or 3rd in the NHL.. Probably the latter.
I could see the Rangers re-signing him during next season no matter what happens with the young players. I think Anisimov will push Drury to the wing eventually and we would have Gomez, Dubinsky and Anisimov as our top three centermen. Every team needs a Blair Betts type and I think it would be a shame to let him get away. He's a good role player who doesn't complain about the job he's asked to do and he does what he's supposed to do well.
BBetts is the most underrated player on the team. want to see him back.
Originally Posted by SingnBluesOnBroadway
Too much depends on what happens this season to make a decision now. I certainly don't get into a bidding war for a fourth line center. Certainly not one who is devoid of offense.
I agree also. Too much timer between now and then. Maybe he starts playing poorly? Who the hell knows..but if he has another good three to five left in the tank I do say we keep him around. Unless a kid can do it cheaper. And maybe better.
I certainly don't get into a bidding war for a fourth line center.
That's about the size of it. Betts is a good fourth line player but to play him or pay him as anything more than that is sheer folly. If he will play for what the market pays for a fourth liner, then he should be brought back. If not, then it would be time to move on.