A lot. This place was laughing at Calgary incessantly at signing that contract, even though Wideman's career has been far more productive. And yes, he's older - a whole year. That's it.
So if you think that Garrison is such a great signing, I'm just hoping that you think that Wideman was, as well.
Uh-huh, and if this post was made in 2010, you could just substitute "Ballard" for "Garrison", and it'd be the same message. You're betting on continued growth, and you have no idea how risky it is. Great, EOTM, Garrison's just going to keep ascending and ascending and ascending, until he wins a Norris, right?
We will see. I look forward to asking you about Garrison this year if there's hockey, and if/when he struggles. Better start conjuring up some clever excuses, pal.
Not only is "hits" a totally unreliable statistic, you're saying that Garrison's more valuable because he hits more frequently? I guess that means that you'd rather have Andrew Alberts than Erik Karlsson, too?
1. Yeah, because of his cap hit of 5.5 mil. I'd laugh at the Garrison signing too if the cap hit was that, however, it wasn't so really this is an irrelevant point.
2. Well aren't you just the King of Strawmans
I agree with you though that Garrison's points from last season aren't sustainable and I don't expect his goal totals to be as good as last season. But that isn't what got him signed. He has been quietly one of the best defensive d-men in the NHL over the last couple of seasons when one looks at advanced statistics.
Last season Jason Garrison faced the hardest quality of competition of anyone on Florida and, despite that, his team outshot the opponent overall when he was on the ice even-strength. You know who that reminds me of? Dan Hamhuis. Although offensive production does vary quite a bit season to season, it is quite rare for a player's defensive ability to drop off as seasons go by in a player's career (unless they are over the hill).
You are right that there are some similarities with him and Keith Ballard when he was on the Panthers. For one, they both faced the hardest quality of competition in their last season's there. However, Keith Ballard failed miserably in the duties he was given as their lead shutdown dman as over the season his team was outshot by around 20 shots at even-strength when he was on the ice. His team's worst after Viktor Oreskovich. Considering how he's been treated here by AV its not very surprising at all that he was sub-par defensively.
I really don't share the same fear that Garrison will be Ballard 2.0.
Edited by AK_19, 03 October 2012 - 06:43 PM.