Re: Jay Pandolfo....are you kidding
posted at 2/12/2013 5:33 PM EST
In response to jmwalters' comment:
In response to lambda13's comment:
jm, who do you think we should have gotten to replace Horton? How would he fit on the team now? What would we have had to give up to replace Horton? Do you know of a store where top-line forwards are stocked to the walls? I understand you don't agree with the signing but there really is no down-side to it. PC isn't signing Pandolfo to be a top 6 forward. He signed him to fill in on the 3rd or 4th line. We have players on those lines (Peverley, Campbell apparently..., among others in Providence that can get tries) on the other lines.
Not attacking just pointing out, there's not much available right now.
First, Horton was injured just over half way through last season. The team had no one in the pipeline that could fill his spot nor was PC able to plug it via a trade even though he had plenty of time to do so. That is a fault of management plain and simple.
Second, there is a down side to Pandolfo, a roster spot. There are only so many a team can have and now one is used up. Also, those players you list for fill-ins on other lines prove my point about Horton in that none of them could really be put in a top-six spot for any length of time, as proven by last season when they all had a shot to do so and failed.
In this case, the team is off to a terrific start and anchored by their strong D and PK. Their weakness is the PP. Pandolfo does not help with this in any scenario put forward. So why?
Correct and who was traded and/or available at the half last year that wasn't going to cost us a major roster player?
We moved TT and picked up Pandolfo. I see no lost roster spot. Also would you really care if we dropped someone on the bottom end of Providence a la Trent Whitfield? I personally wouldn't lose any sleep.
As for the Horton scenario, am I mistaken in thinking Peverley was out for a portion of that which was what caused the issue in the first place? Now that we can clearly plug Seguin in with Lucic and Krejci we could shift Peverley to that line. It is impossible to have a top-six guy waiting to plug in in case of injury. If he's a top six guy he'll go elsewhere and be playing, not watching and waiting.
There are 6 possible players that can get hurt are we going to have room on the team for 3 top six capable players to fill each? I just don't your logic. Pandolfo can fill in the 3rd or 4th line. That's what he's here for.
I can't think of a single team with a top-six ready guy to plug in in case of injury really.