Re: Interest in E. Kane?
posted at 12/5/2013 7:28 AM EST
I don't think Kane's remotely close to a fit in Boston. I partially agree with the thought that some potential will get moved, but we need to remember it's happenned a lot in the past. These great picks that everyones been in the sky about the last 4 years, are incredibly over rated. There are tons of future stars picked high in the first round who have average NHL careers, and several who don't even land a legitimate job in the league. If you look at the heart and soul of the Bruins...who many high first rounders make that up?
Hope sells, and NHL teams are better marketers than they used to be. That's a dual edged sword though, so it seems like bigger news today when these guys get moved. It's all about value now, and some can't get that. If player A is scoring 25 in an entry level situation, he's a steal...warts and all. At around 6 mil though, the 25 isn't that big a deal, and all of a sudden, the warts are terminal. Same basic player, just different economics. In a non cap world, those things didn't matter(except in Boston), teams just added, there was no subtraction.
The key seems to be exactly what PC did. Sign the kid, and do a deal while the sizzle is still there based on the ELC. Boston got proven assets for potential. No question there's risk, there always is, but now Seguins got to play like 6 mil, and he'll be compared to 6 mil players, not other rookies.
As much as these businesses have smartened up from a marketing perspective, they're still learning in their ability to figure out "team". The whole idea of "best player" is out the window now, and that's not even considering "trades". That's fairly new, and JJ's Bruins may have driven that point home in 2011.
If winning is everything(and it isn't in the hockey business), it's much more than probable, that Pittsburgh could improve dramatically through the pieces they could demand for Crosby and Malkin. I doubt teams are there yet, but unless the cap goes up quite steadily, we may see more of that type of thing in the future.