Re: Player to watch: Patrice Bergeron
posted at 7/7/2009 11:10 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Player to watch: Patrice Bergeron
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Player to watch: Patrice Bergeron : First off, he is not making $5+mill. $4.75mill to be exact. Secondly, last year was his first season back after missing all but 10 games the previous year. So you are willing to erase what he did prior to the injury and base his value on a post-injury year? You are crazy, literally. Obviously you don't know enough to judge why he was on the third line. You just don't throw someone out there for 20+min a game and hand him all deals of responsibility after an injury, not to mention a serious one. Yea, you are right he was not the same player early on but came on strong the last 1/4 of the season. There are very FEW pro-athletes that can come back from such injury and play at a high level, especially right away. As of matter in fact call Eric Lindros or Simon Gange, two players who had concussion problems. To take it further, Gange took about 2 years to fully recover. but look at him now. Gange has regained his game and is once again one of the best offensive players in the NHL. It would not surprise me one bit if Bergeron breaks out this season. And if he goes out there and scores 80+ points then he is a BARGAIN @ $4.75mill. Look at what players got in free-agency and compare their stats to what Bergeron had his previous two seasons before injury. Judge him after this season when he is actually 100%. I just think that it's unfair for fans to criticize him right now.
Posted by xenimus[/QUOTE]
First of all, I got my numbers from nhlnumbers.com which has his cap number @ $5mill this season and $5.75 mil next season.
I'm sorry that I don't see Bergeron as the prophet you're trying to make him out as, but I don't feel justified in saying that Patrice Bergeron is worth 4.75, 5, 5.75, any of it based on what I saw last season. How can you justify that he is worth that much? Because of his past?
You can't judge a player based on his past, especially coming off of the type of concussion he had. If it does take Bergeron two full years to recover (and would you count last year a full year based on getting the same injury again?) he would be an unrestricted free agent. His contract is finished in 2 seasons.
Again, if he comes back and puts up 80+ points, I look like a jerk and we all win but if he doesn't, what's the excuse this time?
Lets not forget that Bergeron has NEVER
put up 80 points in his career, his highest was 73 back in 2005-2006 season.
Again man, I hope I am wrong because that means Bergy went out there and played his rear end off.