asq2 wrote:I think re: Gonchar vs. ZM that ZM would have been the safer signing but the potential upside of the Gonchar signing is higher.
I also doubt that anyone especially important will get squeezed out even if Gonchar declines in, say, year 3 to the point where he's over-paid, because Kovalev, Kuba and Leclaire are all potentially coming off the books in the coming years.
I like the signing, but I also think Pittsburgh did extremely well to land both Michalek and Martin.
Where's the offense in Pittsburgh though? You can shut teams down so much before you need to pot some goals. Gonchar was a major part of them scoring so much with his plays on the backend.
As Murray said, I would rather have other teams blocking shots.
This is the formula that we have had here for the past 2-3 seasons, all shutdown very little offense. With us getting Gonchar, we've gone back to the killer offense we had. Pittsburgh became more like we were on the back end. Mind you, with arguably more talented shut down guys.
Not sure how they're going to score.
__________ Crosby - Kunitz
Ponikarovski(?) - Malkin - Fedotenko (UFA)
Cooke - Staal - Dupuis
Talbot - Kennedy - Adams
Martin - Michalek
Letang - Goligoski ? - I believe an RFA or UFA
Orpik - Engellland or Lovejoy
Sorry...that looks quite Dung to me. The d is okay now, but the rest is balls.
compared to our Ottawa Senators
Kovalev - Spezza - Alfie
Michalek - Fisher - Regin
Ruutu - Kelly - Neil
Z. Smith - Winchester - ________ Shannon or Butler or Wick
Phillips - Karlsson
Gonchar - Kuba
Campoli(RFA) or Carkner - Cowen, Gryba or Wiercioch < one of them will make it for sure.
Assuming Lee is traded of course. Even then, he'll probably be fine as a 3rd pairing guy as long as someone not named Campoli is his partner.