PTFlea wrote:Ev wrote:Lagoon wrote:You mean the bonus Anisimov was paid yesterday might have factored into this decision?
As far as talent goes, even though it doesn’t factor into Dorion’s moves, I wouldn’t be so quick to say we got the better player. I will wait and see where Anisimov plays because he needs players to drive his play and also favourable zone starts for any of his points. Smith needed Stone sure, was softer lately, but Smith also played against tougher competition, with weaker teammates and started most of his shifts in the D zone. The opposite is with Anisimov.
Thus far, this is nothing to be excited about and just more of the same crap from Dorion. Status quo money moves without caring about talent or what he has gone on record and said previously about what he wants in team dynamic. It is embarrassing to me.
I will just hold onto the hope that Anisimov was brought here because Gusev is on his way. They have legit chemistry on the ice together.
To be clear I wasn’t saying the money wasn’t a factor, I just don’t care if they save money on a move while getting a better player and not getting a diminished return. IMO the players are in different tiers offensively.
Absolutley. Smith is a black hole offensively.
So is Anisimov unless playing with Kane, Panarin, DeBrincat, Saad, Schmaltz or Kahun.
Both Anisimov and Smith aren’t play drivers. I just don’t want anyone pretending or thinking that we got someone that will be anything more than a trade piece. And when trying to figure out what that trade piece might be, please see the diminishing returns that Anisimov has fetched when being traded by three NHL teams. Rick Nash, then Saad, now Smith. I see regression and you will be lucky to get a 4th for him at the deadline, because unlike Smith, Anisimov can’t play in what is very obvious a different game in the playoffs.