Juice wrote:Don't get me wrong. I really like Dupuis and what he is doing this year is definitely nothing short of stellar. However, if Crosby can get that kind of production out of him, just think about what he could get out of Iginla.
Chemistry doesn't work that way. That's why Jagr played with Hrdina and Kip Miller. Lines are not the sum of their parts. Iginla may still be a better player than Dupuis today, but that doesn't mean he's going to produce more than Dupuis playing with Crosby; especially with so little time to prepare.
Dupuis' ES production has been at an elite level this season. With the way I've seen Iginla play the past two seasons, I wouldn't expect him to be a 40 goal ES player with anyone. He's just not the same guy he used to be.
It's true that Dupuis probably wouldn't have this season with another center; which is even more reason to keep them together while they're playing this well.
Before the thought is but but that's a what if, I get that. One option is a known commodity this year, the other is a known commodity as a 50+ guy twice and one of the games most consistent goal scorers for the last decade+
Here's where our opinions differ greatly. I don't think Iginla is the guy he used to be. On the Flames, Tanguay, Cammalleri, Stepniak, Hudler and Glencross were all producing at about the same level as Iginla. Dennis Wideman wasn't far off. No, he wasn't playing with Crosby or Malkin, yet I would still expect the Iginla of old to have greater separation than at least a couple of those guys. But that would be unreasonable because he's going to be 36 in July. That he has slowed is normal and expected.
The Pens were already, arguably, the best team in the league. It doesn't make sense to disrupt the parts that were working. Iginla should play where he has the most net benefit, regardless of what he did in his prime.