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Aug 24, 2020
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>RazWild</b></div><div>Well, I think if we dropped the pick and did a strait up 1v1 trade swap of Fiala for Vilardi that could make some sense too.
That said, I'd still prefer Turcotte if we could get him back in the trade.</div></div>
I'm not as married to the idea of needing a center back as I used to be, but I love Vilardi. I just really can't see LA trading any of their top guys, or NHL ready young guys. Byfield, Turcotte, Vilardi, I just don't think it's realistic that they trade those guys. They're not <em>that </em>close to competing, and any one of those three (or countless others) could slide to wing if need be.
But assuming they like Eriksson Ek and Rossi at center next season, and see Khusnutdinov as a center moving forward, we don't <em>need </em>a center back for Fiala. We just need skill. Looking at wingers opens up our options significantly.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>RazWild</b></div><div>Alright, but inconsistency and lack of effort issues are <em><strong>not</strong></em> <strong>CHARACTER</strong> issues. Saying someone has character issues implies that they are either a lockerroom cancer or have known off ice issues. One does not mean the other, as the two are not the same or have the same meaning.</div></div>
A lack of effort, more commonly known as poor work ethic, is very much a character issue at the NHL level. It's a character trait. Marco Rossi is a great example of the flip side. He has a very strong work ethic when it comes to his job, which is hockey. He modifies his entire life, his eating habits, sleeping habits, gym routine, to getting better at hockey. If a guy doesn't want to put in the most effort he can to be the best he can, that's a character issue. Wanting to put in the minimum amount of work to collect the paycheck and go home and do something else becomes a character issue at this level.
Wanting to forego an optional workout on a weekend to go clubbing and do cocaine in a hotel room is also a character issue.
Sleeping in and missing a team meeting because you would rather stay up til 5AM playing Fortnite than taking your career seriously is a character issue.
That's why I said "character issues" is a broad term. There a lot of different ways character issues manifest, but all of these issues stem from certain character traits players either have or lack.