Re: Brad Marchand
posted at 1/28/2014 12:35 PM EST
One of the things I really appreciate about the Chiarelli regime is their patience. Or, what I think it really is, is a faith that they know what they're doing. They look at what should work based on skill sets and attributes and tendencies and what the role is for the player in that spot, and they'll look even harder at what has worked in the past, and once they've made a decision about the best way to get what they're looking for with the pieces they have, they will stick with it until they are sure that it's not going to work the way they planned.
Conversely, once they've determined that it's not just a question of giving it time and working with the player - that the player is just the wrong guy - there's no hesitation to moving anyone or letting them walk. Derrick Morris? Gone. Pouliot? Gone. CBourque? You're cut... Hamill? You're cut. Kobasew? Gone. Seguin? Gone. Thomas outplays Fernandez? Timmy's the man.
Reminds me of one of my favorite Burke-isms. If you're looking to make youself a contender with a big deal at the deadline, you probably didn't do a very good job of constructing your team in the offseason. Under that logic, it's not getting fleeced at the deadline that makes you an idiot - you were probably an idiot to begin with. With TSN's full day coverage of the deadline, rumour sites, e-harmony trade orgies etc., there seems to be a fascination with making moves. It's all "try it and see". Player X is a good player in Phoenix, and Player Y here is in a slump, so let's trade Player Y and three prospects for Player X. Is there any reason to think Player X will be as good or better on his new team than his old team? Who knows, but he's been good on another team in a similar role, so let's try it and see.
If you've done your job building your team, then you ride out the kind of start Marchand had, or Bergeron, because you know they can be good in your system with your team. You have no idea what Evander Kane would do in Boston even though he's a big, strong, skilled kid with a lot of promise as he matures. Trades are like transplants - a last resort, because the risks of healing the body's own tissues are far lower than introducing foreign tissue.