Re: Goodbye Lehtonen
posted at 7/18/2010 7:14 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Goodbye Lehtonen
Okay, let's pause for a moment before this goes all Predators . It is deep in the heart of summer when the release of a 2005 third round pick, a player whose game is supposed to be goal-scoring but who couldn't get a call up to the lowest scoring team in the league, invokes 50+ threads and the use of the word xenophobia. It's worth remembering that the Bruins retain his rights, but it's even more important to remember that the last few times the Bruins have traded the leading scorer in Providence, all they've gotten back has been another AHL scorer who cannot contribute in the NHL (think Pelletier for St. Pierre, for example). You don't get picks back for an AHL 20-30 goal scorer, you get other people's AHL projects. At best. So sometimes you cut bait, right? Sometimes you say "I only have 6 AHL roster spots for legitimate offensive prospects, and rather than stick Lehtonen or someone like Lehtonen there, let him play in the K. If he finds himself and wants to come back, great. If not, bye." NAS brought up the example of Versteeg, but that's a little different. Chiarelli was shopping for a specific asset having seen Bochenski score 8 goals in the preseason with the Senators the year before. He was taking a flyer that Bochenski could show that form again - bad bet. He paid what he thought would be a fair price in terms of risk reward. Unlike Lehtonen, Versteeg didn't have three or four seasons of AHL experience at the time. Different transaction entirely. A last thought - you can only have 50 contracts. I'm not sure I'd waste one on Lehtonen at the moment. The K might be a favour in that he remains Bruin "property" but he doesn't have a contract, and he's playing hockey above the Central Hockey League. Which reminds me - anyone else catch Fluto's truly amateurish mistake in calling the CHL - the national governing body for Major Junior Hockey in Canada - the Central Hockey League? Brutal.
Posted by Bookboy007
Some people just have an agenda to condemn PC and that's that.
People mention the Versteeg thing like it was the worst trade in history, but facts is facts. AT THE TIME - that 6 months after the trade
it looked like a steal for the Bruins, Bochenski had 11 goals and 11 assists in 31 games - that projects out to nearly a 30 goal scorer if it were 82 games for him. And Versteeg had not even played 1 NHL game in that time.
Versteeg has had 22 goals as his career high.
Then they felt that Bochenski needed to bulk up and he went on a weight training program that put something like 15 lbs. on him. That slowed him down to snail's pace and that ruined him. That's when things went south - and bad.
You can condemn PC for all kinds of things, but the Bochenski trade was just one of those things that happened. And how many of you have seen Lehtonen play? He's a total stiff, he's got cement blocks for hands. Way way more worth it to gamble and sign some guy who might have potential than to sign a guy you KNOW
who doesn't have it.
Get real. There are legit complaints, lots of them, hang your hat on the TT and Ference contracts for example, this "move" (and its not even a "move") isn't one of them.