Given how he played in the Czech League last year - basically matching Marty Straka's production - at 21 years old, I kinda wanted to at LEAST see what he could do before it was absolutely, positively ruled out that he had a shot to make the team.
I know that Kveton has talent, and performed well in the Czech League. I just don't think the Rangers were going to give him a shot to make the team.
4 times in the last 6 years, and the other 2 times he would have hit 20 if he played a full season.
As much as I don't want to replace Z with Kotalik, Kotalik is a good signing for the third line and PP and this is true. If a couple of seasons hadn't been shortened by injury, Kotalik is a consistent 20 goal, 40 point guy over his career with some higher peaks, putting up 62 points with Drury one year. I would love us to find a way to keep Z. If we can package Roszival + Korpikoski for a cheaper defenseman and leave enough money to make all the necessary re-signings than I'd be thrilled.
I'm not saying that this means Z is definitely gone, because I'm still hoping to move a huge D contract, probably Rozsival, and free up some cap space. However, if Sather plans to replace Z with someone who is 6 years older, only had 2/3 of Z's production and is worse in +/-, we better hope that Gaborik plays every single game because he's going to be nearly all of the scoring power that this team has.
HA, it sounds like Antropov. Honestly. Except Kotalik isnt coming off of a career year. People wanted Atropov over Zherdev, they may get Kotalik for less than Antropov and he is much healthier.
I think its a little silly to be complaining about his acquisition at this point.
I would be shocked if Sather walks away from a Zherdev arbitration award. And people are talking like its already happened. I would expect that Sather would move Zherdev for at least something. If Kotalik was signed as a replacement for Zherdev, then you need to factor in the return for Zherdev.
I dont think its right to complain about this roster till training camp comes along. Its obvious Sather is not done.
I think if Sather doesn't make a trade and re-signs Z then Korpikoski isn't going to be retained. Think about it: Kotalik will probably be a 3rd liner along with avery and anismov and unless they play korps on the 4th line there's no room for him. As a matter of fact, if Z is traded for another forward, I don't see where korpo would fit besides the 4th.
Parse it whatever way you want, it's another BARELY 20 goal scorer. It ain't what we need.
He has averaged 24 goals per 82 games played over his career, and has never had a season where he averaged less than 20. He is a the definition of a "20 goal scorer". Since the lockout he has been up pretty much identical numbers to Antropov.
That said, I agree another 2nd/3rd line tweener is not what we need.