Oct 15, 2018
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Eli</b></div><div>He has two points in his last six games. Might be picking up a little bit?
It's tough because in top-six roles the last four seasons he's finished with at least 30 points a year. If another team values him based on that, he could absolutely be traded. But if they're focusing on what he's doing this year, they're more likely to notice the lack of production than the games when he's played really solid defensive hockey.</div></div>
Exactly. Since coming back from LTIR, Panik's numbers (10 games, 2 goals, 17 SOG) have been in line with his career averages. He's getting back on track, but his track isn't eyepopping, it's just solid bottom 6 production. He's basically a more expensive Connolly, which isn't so bad, since Connolly was vastly underpaid here at $1.5x2, especially in that second year obviously.
Since he only got 750k more than Panik, it would have perhaps been nice to see a move to retain him instead though, maybe give him an extra year and pay him 3 mill per. However, I think he wanted to go elsewhere since he knew he would never get top 6 minutes here or PP time here with our current roster makeup, unless an injury occurred. The Caps are so tight on the cap as it is though, giving Connolly even 3 mill, and we can't re-sign Hagelin, or sign Hathaway possibly. Hathaway looks to be the new Connolly at 1.5 mill, perhaps not the scoring touch Conno had, but he's a furious grinder and forechecker with solid defense. So he brings a nastiness to the bottom 6 that Conno didn't have in exchange for some pure offensive ability.
Also Bura was getting paid like a top 6 forward, not a bottom 6 forward. Yet he was producing like a bottom 6 here. I don't lament losing him, even if he's producing better elsewhere, because in all likelihood, he was never going to produce that here. Not while we have Ovi, Oshie, Vrana and Wilson taking the top 6 winger spots.
Connolly would be nice to insert back into the third line without a doubt, but with the Cap situation as it is, we're already struggling. We'd have to give up Hagelin and Panik for Connolly, and again, he was never going to be in the top 6 if everyone is healthy and his production wouldn't change much. Except he would cost us more than double what he was costing us before. He was so valuable to us because he was getting paid like a 4th liner here. He's no longer getting paid like that.