And because he's bad now all his 50-80 point seasons, NHL Rookie of the Year, 2 NHL All Star appearances and 2 Stanley Cup wins are all just invalid? I'm not sure you understand what a bust is.
Scott Gomez had 900 games and counting last I checked. I think there's a middle ground. While I agree being around in the NHL a long time typically indicates someone has skill, there's certainly the cases where certain players are awesome for a few years then fall off the map.
So far from David Booth since his last injury, that has been the case unfortunately. I'm getting fairly impatient with this guy, and I wouldn't mind trading him away at some point if he doesn't step it up soon. He always seems to be injured or 'just getting back into the swing of things'--he had one stint where he had OKAY 2nd line points, but he certainly hasn't been the 30 goal scorer we signed up for.
If you're projecting him to be something but he doesn't achieve that, it doesn't mean he's had NHL level success, or won't have it in future.
He and Kesler do need a better playmaker to fit in with them so they can utilize their shots off the rush. I was really interested in seeing if Schroeder would fit there, but since we had no other centers to use in the bottom six (besides Lapierre) we didn't have the opportunity to.
People forget he had 12 points in 15 games before the injury last year.
Give him time, he has shown when he is at his best he can be a very useful player, I already like what I have seen, AV just needs to get him in the top 6.
Instead of going after Weiss, I could also see this as an opportunity to go after a better option as a 3rd line center to work with Lapierre defensively while still being able to contribute a bit more offensively. It's a little different option, and we'd have to use a line like Booth/Schroeder/Kassian in more offensive minutes, taking away from the Sedins, but could be an affordable way (top 6 more expensive than bottom 6) to fill the gap.
We have to use our young players sometime right? Why not now in a shortened season?