Re: WHATS UP WITH PC
posted at 1/26/2010 5:27 PM EST
bogsk8r, they may not make a immediate impact like those two did, but their respective potentials are extremely high, given that Hall has been compared to Pavel Bure and Seguin's style fits that of Joe Sakic, two players who teams would kill to have for their career. Not quite sure who Fowler is supposed to look like but his talent speaks for itself.
As for Chiarelli he's like the majority of the GM's in the league, a few good mistakes, a few bad ones. While he has made some stupid moves, signing Savard to the long term and getting Rask for a fraction of the price he would've received at the end of the season as a restricted free agent are brilliant moves. Rask is in for $1.2 mil for two years after this year, at the end of the deal it will look like highway robbery on Chiarelli's part. As for Thomas' deal I'm conflicted. Yes he's not the goalie he was last year and yea he's overpaid right now and gives up soft goals, but he's still putting up above average numbers in the league given a terrible team in front of him. His presence also doesn't rush Rask and risk ruining him like the Bruins did with Raycroft and Toivonen and like what's happening to Steve Mason now.
Chiarelli's career defining moment will be from now until the draft. He has the chance to become a top 5 GM if he plays his cards right, or he could become a bottom 5 GM if he doesn't. He hasn't had to make a blockbuster trade or make a big shakeup before in his career, so it's hard to judge what's ruined the Bruins and what's saved them.
This year has been a wash, that's clear to see from no matter what angle you're sitting at. Losing Kessel hurt the team, regardless of how he's playing now or what happened during the contract talks his goal scoring would be an immense help right now. Getting Taylor Hall could erase his loss with one pick, leaving the other two to be just gravy, and if picked correctly make the trade a steal. For now we just have to wait and see how this charade unfolds, and please stop with the sky is falling stuff people if you want to see what it's like to watch a playoff team fall to the bottom of the league in one season look at the Flyers from 05-06 to 06-07. They ended up getting the 2nd overall pick and taking James Van Riemsdyk, not exactly the worst thing in the world given his production as a rookie and his potential.