Columbus - 2007, NY Rangers - 2008, and his new team - 2009.
You've got to think he's mature enough to realize this could be his last shot in the NHL. Most teams aren't going to take an attitude problem with a lack of effort that has played for 3 teams in 3 years.
Unless he's a moron, I'm hoping he understands this a very important year. If he screws up again or comes of as lazy (just doesn't care), most NHL teams won't give him a 4th shot next year, IMO.
Biggie - who's ice time would you give him on the top lines? Even assuming Lethinen's not up there (and I would argue that, when healthy, he's still a Top 6 guy - it's just that the healthy stretches are getting shorter and shorter), you still have Eriksson, Morrow, Ott, Neal and Brunnstrom even before you start factoring in a guy like Benn potentially making a push.
When healthy is the key thing to me. I don't think it makes sense to count on Lehtinen to stay healthy. It's probably not fair to him either. Heika was right regarding Lehtinen, he’s extremely valuable to the team, but they have to manage his minutes. Playing on a line at ES with Modano at reduced minutes would be good for both of them. If they can squeeze 50 or 60 games out of him this year, I’ll count it as a major success for Lehtinen.
Regarding Benn, I think you can say 95% of Stars fans are happy with Neal's development. Benn should take the same path, IMO. I'm extremely excited about Benn, but there are obviously some things he can work on. Austin seems like the perfect place for that. If he earns a roster spot, great, but make him earn it. Hopefully the Stars don’t start camp viewing Benn as a player with a roster spot to loose. Same goes for Vishnevskiy and Larsen.
More than anything though, I think piqued best described my feelings.
Originally Posted by piqued1457
Meh. I like the top 9 as it is really. But I also like Zherdev. Still don't think the money can work.
The teams group of forwards are above average IMO, but if you can add even more talent (which seems unlikely), don't hold back.
I'd rather have Sawada with Sutherby and Ott. He has the size and the ability to throw big hits (Petersen is willing to throw them, but they aren't exactly going to scare anyone). Plus, he has a higher offensive and defensive ceiling.
Realistically, I think Sawada is better suited for a checking/defensive/energy role than Petersen. Petersen is a perfect 13th forward who can fill in on a limited basis anywhere.
pretty much this. Ott, Morrow, Sutherby, and Sawada can all handle themselves in a fight, and we'll have big Mark Fistric on the back end holding things down I don't think the Stars need a goon, and when you have some of the options on the 4th line that the Stars will have to start the season I think you'd be hurting the team by starting a goon over one of Sawada or Sutherby.