Be1isarius89 wrote: The Snapshot wrote:
Be1isarius89 wrote:Seems a bit much for an undersized puck mover with limited defensive skills who has struggled this year but then again I honestly haven't watched him play since he was traded.
This is the Cliffs Notes version of scouting on a guy who is probably in the top 20 Defensemen for offenisive ability. You admit you haven't watched him though. There are probably 15 teams in the league who would be upgrading their top PP QB spot by signing him. It may be more than that. He is under-rated defensively by people who don't appreciate that a Dman doesn't have to rattle the boards to be effective.
Let's put it this way, when Letang was out I would have much preferred to have him to step up instead of having Paul Martin on the point on the PP. Defensively, they are not that different either, although Martin is slightly better positionally when he isn't at the depths of his suckitude.
This is a good signing for Dallas, because they do not have any D anywhere near his abilities - and yes it is a factor that they traded away two strong assets to get him.
The analysis above is akin to the folks who sum Crosby up by saying he is good, but he is a diver and a whiner.
$4.6 million a year is still alot for what he could potentially be. Guess it makes sense that Gogo is getting paid like Dennis Wideman.....
Yeah, well Wideman has comparable stats offensively, but he is -34 in his last three seasons. I honestly don't think he would have even respectable numbers in that category if he didn't play almost 2 full seasons with Chara in Boston. Take away his combined +43 at the teat of Z and he would be -75 for his career.
Goligoski put up a +20 anchoring a rotation of Engelland and Lovejoy. People can deny all they want or say +/- is a flawed stat, but he produced enough offensively at even strength to offset any perceived shortcomings on D. He has very few true lmitations on D other than being overpowered on occassion by a 225lb forward that can also handle the puck (luckily there aren't many of those). His skating is effortless, oustanding agility, not at all afraid, great shot, good passer, can skate the puck out of danger.....
Goligoski is also a few years younger than Wideman and they locked him up until 30 for that number.
That said, I know the Pens need Neal more than him, and we also have Niskanen who is pretty serviceable.