Steve Dave wrote:I just wanted some discussion on this topic from knowledgable posters in here. I think Tangradi can be at least a serviceable 3rd/4th liner in this league. I also like Boychuk's speed and play thus far. I do think Shero will find a more permanent solution for the top 6 however.
If this were true, he would've already proven it. I'm a huge ET supporter, and if there's one thing he's already shown is that he's completely worthless on the 4th line. He produces in the AHL top 6, so its fair to say he probably needs to be around the net, in the top 6 of the NHL. To be fair, since he simply might not be that good enough, a 3rd line role could be possible.
The final fact that I always bring up....he's not had consistent anything since being in the NHL. People want to take about the 48 pro games...how many of those games were 5-6 total shifts a night playing with Craig Adams? What the heck can a below-average speed Power Forward do with 5 shifts a night with Craig Adams? This guy needs a Malkin or Sutter centerman, a good 13-14 minutes a night, banging on the forecheck and around the crease.
I'm sorry but he had 2 games at the start of the year. That's it, and its simply not enough. I'm over it. I admit he doesn't fit the system. Bylsma never coached Ryan Malone, so maybe Malone would've sucked under Bylsma as well. Just Trade Tangradi for Kulemin already to get Malkin his guy and lets call it a day. I won't even be mad anymore if ET scores 20 next year. Just get him out of this situation.