Re: Kelly Hold Up
posted at 3/27/2012 12:31 PM EDT
It's going to be a real interesting off season.....
- we once again have a wealth of capable centers on the team
- I think Seguin will blossom as a center where he can utilize his vision more
- It would be a shame to have Bergeron (2nd in points on the team) on the third line with lesser wings -- it's a waste of his offensive ability
- DK has been inconsistent again this year, not to mention on of the few minus players on a team that has one of the highest goal differentials in the league
Management is going to have some pretty big decisions to make in the offseason. Is it worth keeping DK as our #1C producing 60-65 pts per year, when Seguin might put up 80+? If so, do we move Seguin to center and then waste Bergeron's offensive ability as a 3rd line center playing with the likes of Pouliot (Marchand will not be a 3rd line winger). Is Spooner ready for the NHL - as a center? wing?
To me, Kelly is the perfect third line center. But there is more to the question to that as it is ultimately about getting the most out of your resources -- meaning the whole team as opposed to a particular player. It is a good problem to have because if somebody goes, they will at least be a valuable asset. I almost wish they would have signed Kelly already becaue at least then we could get some value out of him if we decide to part ways.
No matter what, we have a logjam at center and I would not be surprised if next year's roster does not have either Kelly or Krecji. I think that if we pay Kelly to stay on the team, we need to shed salary somewhere else, most likely at the center position. Then again, maybe Horton never makes it back and we'll need Seguin as a winger and the problem is solved.