burghsportsguys wrote:Goligoski is not ready for the NHL this year. He needs another year in WBS. We can't survive without Whitney, he's a core player.
OK, now that myth has been dispelled, so I'm still saying deal Whitney. In fact, I think Goligoski is playing at a much higher level than Whitney did last year.
If someone is willing to deal a goal-scoring winger for Whitney, Shero should be all over it.
He was forced into NHL duty with the injuries. He still makes bad mistakes that cost the team and his decision making is still very slow. Exactly what you'd expect out of a young defenseman with little experience. If we had a full defensive line up, he would absolutely be in WBS right now and it would be helping him. Right now, he's forced to learn on the fly.
I don't think he is playing better than Whitney did last year. Whitney's mistakes were magnified because everyone wanted to point out when he looked at the wrong player. Goligoski's mistakes are downplayed because everyone wants to point out all of his good attributes.
I'd like to keep Whitney around. We already have a bunch of guys coming up on free agency, and Gonchar is gone after that. Letang and Goligoski are good on the PP when they have someone controlling it (ie Malkin). Whitney appears he can handle the QB responsibility on the PP. He will be very important once Gonchar is gone. Losing Whitney means we need to replace him with someone because Gill, Scuderi, and now Boucher are all UFAs. Scratch Whitney and that's 5 d. Assuming they an keep Scuderi for a reasonable price, that's 6. 6 is technically enough, but this year shows why you need more.