Re: Logan Couture signs 2 year/$5.75 mil extension
posted at 8/26/2011 3:29 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Logan Couture signs 2 year/$5.75 mil extension
[QUOTE]Who would you rather have; Couture 2 years 5.75 Marchand 2 years 6.6
Posted by KennyBizz[/QUOTE]
Man, this is a tough one.
Marchand has shown the potential to be a game-breaking player (especially in high pressure situations), is a pain in the behind to opposing players, has shown that he has sniping potential, as well as a knack for going to the net and wreaking havoc to create scoring opportunities. Also, he seems to inject energy and adrenaline into his fellow linemates (not to mention the fans). There is a reason why we are having this conversation...Marchand isn't the kind of player any team can afford to lose.
Couture, on the other hand, has a natural goal scoring and offensive inclination. Seems like a smoothe-skating, no-nonsense offensive forward. He definitely has the potential to become an elite NHL-er. How much of his offensive success this year was due to playing WITH San Jose's powerhouse forwards, though? I'm not saying he isn't a highly talented youngster, but San Jose's forwards are very good, and this could have helped inflate his numbers.
Regardless, stats are stats, and Couture had an excellent rookie campaign. He put up higher numbers than Marchand, in the regular season, and he definitely stood out among San Jose's already stellar offense.
I believe, and this might just be my homerism writing, that Marchand accomplished more offensively, considering the more two-way-minded line he was playing on. He was playing on a very defensively sound and responsible line, and still managed to put up very decent rookie numbers. Personally, I would take Marchand over Couture. I believe he brings much more to the table, besides offensive numbers.
However, the Couture salary comparable can still be used in his case...and this could help Chiarelli sign him to a more reasonable salary and term.