Hang On A Freaking Second
Posted by Dan Shrader on Wednesday, August 10, 2011
The highly esteemed Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy had a piece/post/blurb yesterday about San Jose's position amongst the elite of the Western Conference. Its an understandable stance- San Jose, for all of their misfortunes come playoff time, is an exceptionally well run organization from top to bottom- especially considering what they've sent Minnesota's way this summer in a series of trades (which some dimwit has declared The Sharks the winners.) Both pieces essentially paint Minnesota as suckers- taking the perpetually ineffective playoff performer Dany Heatley and maddeningly inconsistent Devin Setoguchi off San Jose's hands in exchange for super-primo defense stud Brent Burns and ultra-breakaway-speed-goalscoring wizard Martin Havlat.
Uh....let's hold on a second here.
Its not the notion that Chuck Fletcher got suckered that gets under my skin- its that Burns and Havlat, by names alone, are the coup de grace for Doug Wilson. That with the addition of a defenseman and a playmaking winger, those two will compensate for Heatley and Setoguchi's departures. It goes beyond that though- just because players are added on paper it doesn't mean they necessarily fit in so cohesively, or will be effective.
Does San Jose have the right mix of linemates for Martin Havlat to truly be effective- and it may not necessarily be Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau. Which Brent Burns will show up- Pre or Post All-Star Break?
But are folks really convinced that a winger with a career high of 30 goals and a career high of 77 points (both of which came on teams where he was in a secondary role because of the offensive depth) and a defenseman who can score roughly 20 goals a season are the answer instead of two proven goal scorers in Heatley and Setoguchi?
I understand the logic I'm arguing goes both ways, but its the type of players we're talking about- a playmaker and a D for two goal scorers.