I always liked Moore. He's a solid hockey player, and I've often wondered about this question. But there has got to be more than what we are seeing here. The answer to this question, I find, lies in the fact that after we let him go, so did the Penguins, and so did the Wild. I'm glad for the guy as he seems to have found a home in TO, and has a pretty good role cut out for himself there.
Moore's not smart? I thought he was a very smart player (without prejudice regarding where he wenr to school). I also saw Moore wearing the "A" for the Leafs - good for him. Him vs. Betts is a tough one. I don't think the Leafs trade Moore for Betts and the Rangers don't trade Betts for Moore. So both teams seem happy with their respective players.
No ........Betts and Moore are a wash. They both to a good job at what they are and that is 4th line PKers...........important to the team
I like Betts although he is a UFA next yr. I won't be surprised to see Orr and Betts resigned though. If they made more money I would think they are gone for cheaper younger bodies but not if they are going to take similar cheap contracts.
Moore is a decent player, and I liked the guy, but I love Betts. Plus, Betts plays 82 games with Orr. What do you expect? Betts isn't the problem with the fourth line. He's so good defensively you can forgive his offensive shortcomings. it's the wingers that need to be able to provide some offense on that line.
I think Betts is better defensively. He can play against the opposition's top players. Moore is definitely superior offensively but at the time he had not reached his potential and see as he lacks the size to match up against the big stars, it's a no-brainer given Sather hard-on for big tall players he choose Betts in the battle of 4th liners. He definitely has the smarts and speed to be a very effective defensive player and HMO was a great line and that was one reason why Moore was so successful for us. He had great chemistry with Orts and Hollywood. At the time of decision, Betts had the check mark for size. Betts remained the dominant player only up to this season. Now that Moore found his offensive touch in Toronto, TODAY it is more debatable. Last year was offensively disappointing for Betts. 2-5-7
The thing with Betts is he always makes the safe play. You'll never see him try to create something thats not there, which leads to turnovers. Thats what U want on your fourth line.
Plus moore get PP time, take away his pp points he's got 4g 11a playing more minutes, while Betts has the same number of goals (less assist because of who he plays with) so production is fairly close. So i'd have to give the edge to betts with his defensive skills and safe play.