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Aug. 1, 2016
Detroit Red Wings
2nd Favourite Team
Shelby Twp. Michigan
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>ChampEddy</b></div><div>Vancouver isn’t going to rebuild, they are going to retool. Malkin does that for them. A 1-2 Malkin-Pety punch is lethal. Plus Hughes. Plus Demko. Plus JT Miller and other good pieces. This team is going to be good under Bruce Boudreau who is an offensive style coach.</div></div>
1st off, Malkin can not be the best player on the Canucks if he is not on the ice. 2nd, he is a UFA next year and will want a big deal to end career, makes zero sense for a retooling team to give a 36 year old 0layer a big contract, when they have younger players on big contracts and their cap is a mess. 3rd, I guess Petterson, Hughew are not good players when they are overshadowed by Malkin. This is not 2016, but 2021. Malkin is good, no doubt but he is getting older and all the wear and tear is catching up. OVI is a different player and style, he does not have the injury history that Malkin has and plays a different style. Comparing the two is crazy.
This leaves Wings with NO #1 Center.
Kravtsov is not a Yzerman player, with his antics, akin to Drouin.
Blais is hurt
PC is a good player, but a #1 center, and has not set the world ablaze this year
Robertson is a prosepect at LHD, but Yzerman just took Evindsson in the draft, and he has played well in Sweden in the SHL
Th 1st and 2nd are nice but there will be no #1 centers around to pick.
Overall, Larkin is a decent #1 center, probably slated better for #2 center duty, hometown kid and draw, only true Center in the lineup and is centering a very potent line with Bert and Raymond.
As the deal is nice I just do not think this helps the club now and really hurts it moving forward, especially with retention for two years