The Snapshot wrote:As I said in the other thread on Boucher, Shero took a guy from the Press Box and turned him into a potential top 4 Dman who can play the point on the PP and who is also righty.
What more were you expecting? It's not like the Ducks were going to give up Corey Perry for Sydor.
Except that Boucher wasn't taken from the press box. The only game he was scratched for was Saturday night, and only because a deal was in place. In fact, excluding the 5 games Zubov has played, Boucher would rank 2nd on the Stars in ice team amongst the defense.
Boucher has struggled, but, more than anything, this was a deal to try and jump start the Stars. They have struggled badly, and Boucher was largely replaced while he was injured last year. Plus was going to be a UFA at the end of this season. He and Sydor have the same contract situation, which also made this work.
It seems people think that Shero simply dumped Sydor. Count me amongst the minority who believe that Shero saw some potential in a veteran puck moving defenseman who was third in the league in dman scoring two seasons ago. He's been a top four guy for the last several years. I tend to believe that he'll end up playing regularly for the Pens. That right handed shot comes in handy as well. I think Boucher ends up as a top six guy for us this season.