I see it as a way to take some pressure off our centre depth. He can play in the 4th line centre role, leaving Smith for the 3rd line C. Though that still leaves our 2nd line C wide open for someone like Regin, Da Costa or Zibanejad.
Also in reference to the Konopka - Smith - Neil line...
I was thinking something more along the lines of Greening - Konopka - Neil as our 4th line. Foligno - Smith - Butler as the third.
We have no need for this type of player this season. I don't get it at all. We already have Alfie, Spezza, Neil, Gonchar and Phillips to guide the youngsters. Why get a useless 4th liner on top of these guys?
You don't really want your top stars protecting your young players while this may not be a great move i see no issue with it.
I guess they don't want to have 50% rookies in the lineup?
Don't know much about him, remember watching him a few times against Ottawa last year, he's capable of playing an up tempo puck possession system is he not? Winning faceoffs is an important part of that.
It's not a bad 4th line signing, especially with Carkner likely headed for the press box most nights.
This also takes the pressure off of Carkner to not have to fight every game as well as keeping him on the ice more often when he's not in the press box. It was never a fair trade-off when we lose Carkner for 5 minutes while other teams lose a guy who plays two minutes the whole game (i.e. Colton Orr).
How can anyone not like this signing? The optics of this deal are awesome.
1. Short term.
2. Small salary.
3. Local ties.
4. Great face-off percentage.
5. Sticks up for teammates.
6. Great pro.
7. Positive influence on a team that's going to be very, very young.
8. Adequate penalty killer.
9. Knows his role. Won't create disturbances in the locker room looking for more ice time.
10. Can relieve the other heavies on the team of their pugilistic duties. ie. Neil and Carkner are more effective when they are on the ice.
Just a great signing. The fans are going to love his style of play. His teammates are gonna learn how to stick up for each other. And it's a one-year deal, which buys time for the next crop of bottom six forwards to get some more experience at the AHL level.
I love it, I thought it would be an inevitable Burke signing for their 4th line, great team guy can win big draws and take some of the burden off Neil, it's a 1 year deal I don't see the need to moan about it.
If this is a precursor to us trading a bottom-6 guy, then I guess it's an OK signing, but otherwise it's pretty useless. He's going to replace SOMEONE, I can't see us signing Konopka in order to block some young player's spot in the org.
Our biggest need is SKILL forwards. We have a truk-load of gritty bottom-6 guys. Does not make sense.
As someone pointed out earlier though, to me this is the writing on the wall with Carkner. Logjam on the blueline + signing a cheap, gritty forward who will fight = adios, 'Carks.
I like this. I think we do need a tough guy forward.
Neil can't do it night in and night out anymore - his role is changing and I honestly see him as trade bait, again, come deadline time.
Carkner is a right-handed shot and IMO his future with the team had to be as a F again if he was going to keep a spot longer than this season. We need a tough guy but with Rundblad, Karlsson, Lee looking like they'll all be on the team by season's end - I think this is his last season with the Sens. A favourite of mine - but he's squeezed out. Also, Borowiecki is ready, and Blood will be soon as well.
Smith is a gritty, agitator. But he's too small to be our sheriff. With Smith, Neil, and Konopka - now we have a posse.
Konopka is a placeholder tough guy (who can do some other things well and has character to share). And for all you guys who don't like the signing, at least we won't have to call up Lessard.
We need top six, but I guess Murray feels someone from the prospect group (or the Bingo/young Sens) is going to have to fill that role.