Looking into potential UFA's that could fill holes in the Dallas lineup I keep coming back to Boyd Gordon. He does a lot of things that we could use out of a bottom six guy - namely killing penalties, solid faceoff ability, good defensively five on five.
I come here to ask those who would know better than the average hockey fan, do I have an accurate understanding of what he brings to the table? Next comes the obligatory "what do you think he will cost?" question. Do you see him returning or are you guys assuming that he's gone?
As to what he'll cost and whether or not he'll be available, I'm guessing he'll get around 1-1.2 million per on a short contract. Given that the Caps traded Steckel and the uncertainty surrounding the Capitals bottom-6, I'm guessing they are going to at least try to retain him. He may hit the open market though to see what he could get elsewhere.
Gordon is an honest player at the bottom of the food chain. His face off skills are top 10 in the league. He can be a big game player. He can be injury prone. He is a $800k to $1m max player.
I expect the Caps to keep him as they have over the years. What he does well he has gotten progressively better at and as long as those skills are what the Caps want from their 4C, he would stay.
There is a chance that the Caps will choose to bring more grit and a different role to the 4c job and hope the faceoffs and penalty killing can be covered by a new player at 3C. That would make Gordon available.
He is the Capital player with the longest team tenure. Usually players like that remain for a reason.
Solid effort every night. He doesn't try things he can't do. He's just a little short on skill for an NHLer. A fringe guy, really. I like him because of his honest effort but he's probably not good enough to contribute to a Cup winner.
If you're going to rely on BG for a significant scoring role then you got him for the wrong reason. However, he's one of the better faceoff men in the league, is a quality PKer and is a sound defensive/energy line guy. He's also pretty cheap.
His shortfalls are that he has been injury prone and is not going to put up huge points.