glen a richter wrote:
The only people with high opinions of many of our players are us. Hell, when the national guys and many away commentators can't even pronounce their names right after they've been here 3, 4, 5, 6 years, you know that they're not highly regarded elsewhere. Perron, Halak, another forward and a pick still wouldn't net us much. They'd have to include Shattenkirk or Pie to even have a shot at someone who could make a difference. We have depth at D, Eronen, Schmaltz, Hakanpaa. Probably Hakanpaa sooner than later. I'd pull the trigger on a deal if something big presented itself this summer. I think most of us would.
I agree that we don't get much national attention, but some of that is how much we have sucked up to the last two years.
Another part is our guys don't show up at the top of the scoring, which is pretty much all the national media care about.
I think the point about Perron is that in a different system he could be among the league leaders in scoring, and I am certain other teams know his hands/potential. He may have more value that you think.
But I also agree with you that we tend to over-value our own guys. And we do seem to have some depth on the blueline, but Shatt and Pie are more than "depth" guys in my opinion.
They are both still very young and it wouldn't shock me to see one or both of them have a breakout season and jump up into the conversation about elite #1 D. I hope it doesn't take brief cardiac arrest on the ice for them to take the next step, lol...
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