Malhotra's career high is 11 goals, 24 assists and 35 points with a +9 rating in 77 games and that was when he was still 28 yrs old.
Perreault last year scored 16 goals, 14 assists and 30 points and was +9 did it in less games (64) and he's only 25 years old.
He can play on the pk, take defensive faceoffs like your idol Manny, he can play chippy and get in other players faces, play on the PP, play wing and he has hands that Malhotra could only dream of having.
And yes, he was a liabilty last year and an anchor whichever line he centers. You either have selective memory or just dont watch when Manny is out there on the ice not taking faceoffs. Let me ask you? have you SEEN Malhotra play other than taking faceoffs? Because obviously you have not or just choose to ignore it and throw faceoffs percentages at me.
All of the players you mentioned does more than taking faceoffs, Malhotra's great contribution to this team is he's a 'nice guy' and good at faceoffs. Im sorry, but you dont give away roster spots for ONE DIMENSIONAL 4th line players (just incase you bring up Semin and Karlsson again.)
I know you like to act like the Bob Mckenzie of these boards, but clearly your obsession with Manny is clouding your judgment in this one.
How anyone who watches hockey can come up with the conclusion that Manny > Perreault is mid bloggling.
Again you are twisting things.
How on earth Manny is a liability makes 0 sense, again as I said this is a defensive player who's game revloves around being smart defensively, faceoffs, PK, shot blocking, exc.
If he is a liability as a 4th line center (which I don't know how that is even possible) then by that logic every 4th line center that plays a more defensive style is a liability.
Now to go back to my point.
For the 4th line role on this team, Manny is clearly the better option. I understand what Perreault brings completely, but for that role on this team we need a defensive guy who we can count on to play in defensive roles and take important draws so we don't have to use the stars as much in that situation.
And in that role Manny is clearly the better option, better defensively, better on faceoffs, more size, more grit, better PKer, better shot blocker, for that defensive role there is no area in which Perreault has the advantage.
If we need someone to fill the 2nd or 3rd line, then yes Perreault is the better option, if we need a 4th line center or a defensive 3rd line center, Manny is the better option.
And besides we don't need Perreault moving forward, we literially have pretty much the exact same thing in Jordan Schroeder (who has a higerh ceiling) he just isn't as developed yet.
Edited by Smashian Kassian, 25 January 2013 - 05:48 PM.