Re: Perfect timing to make an offer for Yakupov
posted at 11/13/2013 4:45 PM EST
Corrections to corrected corrections -- quickly as I am out of time:
Plus/minus is either important or it isn't. You're dinging Krejci on his +/-. He's a career plus-68. Yakupov is a career -18. I know Krejci is on a better team, but you still can't make the plus/minus comparison there, as a knock on Krejci. And it isn't everyone in Edmonton playing that way either -- Yakupov has THE worst +/- on the team. Dead last.
You did question Krejci's playoff performance (no?) -- re-read your earlier post. He's been awesome in the playoffs. Led everyone in playoff scoring when they won the Cup. Could have been Stanley Cup MVP.
We are talking about these players from a GM's standpoint. The Bruins and their GM did not run Seguin or Kessel out of town. They traded them. What the media did seems irrelvant to me. For me as fan, I was not concerned with their 'toughness', I was concerned with productivity and their ability to help their team win.
Why do you think Seguin was 'demoted' (not sure I agree) behind Jagr in the playoffs? Given 1 playoff goal in 22 games, do you think that Seguin should have received more ice time in the playoffs? That's great that he hustled, but c'mon, that guy needs to be a scorer. We have Daniel Paille for hustle.
Lastly, I agree that we should not dismiss potential star players that have more finesse/finish than grit. I just don't think Yakupov is the right guy.
+/- is relevant when looking in comparison to the rest of the team, not across teams. The players with the best +/- on a given team are the ones who contribute the most to wins (the team who wins scoresmore goals (plus) than they give up (minus). I never compared Krecji's plus/minus to Yakupov. His line was way behind the entire rest of the team that year, and nobody was calling for his head. The Bruins as a team have had great goal differentials due to our good defensive system, great goaltending and strong scoring by committee for the past 4+ years. If you want to look at Yakupov, look at his plus minus relative to his teamates over the same timeframe and then you have something that you can draw some conclusions from. The Oilers suck, so I would bet that the majority of their team is net minus over the past couple seasons.
If you don't think Seguin was demoted, I'm not sure which playoffs you were watching? How many goals did Jagr have again? When did he score his first playoff goal? Did you watch the games? Jagr stepped up and made a few key plays late in games, but was by no means all that impressive. The entire B's team sucked in the first series except for Krecji's line. After that, Seguin was playing with Kelly who was having an absolutely aweful season, and some other chump --- until they promoted Paille, at which point he and Seguin started to generate some offense. Did Seguin underachieve? Yes, absolutely. But the third line last year was a curse for whoever played on it, and the Bergeron-Seguin-Marchand line was our best performing line for the regular season last year. Despite being one of our top scorers, Seguin was demoted after less than one full playoff series where the whole team was underwhelming. If you content that Seguin was "supposed to be a scorer" why would the coaching staff put him on a line with the most offensively challenged guys on the team? I'm just saying that it is hard to fully evaluate given his linemates. marchand started off pertty slow too, but he kept his spot and turned it around a bit after the first series. I just think that Seguin would have done the same if given the chance and would have outproduced old man Jagr if given the same chance.