Re: marchand not signed yet
posted at 7/19/2011 7:37 AM EDT
There have been several "what's wrong with Lucic" threads, many speculations about injuries. Truth is, he was a slug in the playoffs-- slow skating, few shots, poor timing and passes, fumbles and give-aways.
Post-playoffs, there has been no news about Lucic injuries, other than the bruised foot. No ankle sprain, bum shoulder, torn ribs or groin. So what was his problem?
Meanwhile, Marchand was buzzing, checking, penalty killing, creating scoring ops, and scoring a bunch himself.....and generally bedeviling MTL, PHIL, TB, and especially VAN. He scored two in the big game seven, and (I think) assisted on two others. He and Bergy won that game.
So, you look at that and wonder: why would Lucic get $4M and Marchand only $2M?
Potential? What is to indicate that Lucic has more potential than Marchand? March could easily put up St Louis numbers combined with Linseman grit. He's quick, shifty, and hits the twine. And we all know about his edge.
Usually potential is a future projection of present trends. Lucic had a good year but went flat in the playoffs. Marchand was up and up.