theres already too many 4th line players on this team thats part of our problem.. they start playing on other lines when they have no business being on the 2nd line where a much higher quality player should be
Bernier was 2nd in goals, 4th in points on the team, and he missed what, 18 or so games? So if you were choosing between our excess of 4th liners, he wouldn't be one of them? Especially at the less than $1m you'd have to pay him???
If that's what you meant, I am glad you aren't the GM.
Parise only signed the one year deal for the express purpose of showing other teams he was healthy so he could land the big payday. He had no intention of staying here, it just would make no sense to sign a long term deal coming off a season missed due to injury.
Lou had NO CHANCE of retaining him. Personally, I'd have traded him during the one year deal.
I just happened across a feature on hockey-reference.com, where they take the statistics of a given player and compile a list of "Players with careers of similar quality and shape". The ones listed for Patrik are:
Adam Oates (HOF)
Mark Messier (HOF)
Dale Hawerchuk (HOF)
Bernie Geoffrion (HOF)
Bryan Trottier (HOF)
The ones who are already in are noted. Regarding the others:
Kariya has less goals (402) and less assists (587)
Mogilny has a goal edge (473) but less assists (559)
Federov has an edge in both goals (483) and assists (696), but not as big a disparity as I would have expected. Ditto with Roenick, although I knew he had over 500 goals (513 and 703 respectively).
Alfredsson edges him out also (444 and 713).
I think Federov, Roenick, and Mogilny are near certain to get in. I think Alfredsson has an excellent chance. Kariya's numbers are less but his career was also short by comparison,15 seasons, but one was a lockout year and two of them were only 22 and 11 games played, I assume due to injury. And he lost the same year that everyone else lost, 2004-05.
Looking at those numbers, and if you take the site's statistical comparison as accurate, the argument in favor of Patrik is pretty compelling.