aGENT Posted May 25, 2015 Share Posted May 25, 2015 I don't think it is worth to pay 6+ for someone who is only great offensively. He was the capitals 5th defenseman all season. When you have guys like Orpik, Alzner, Niskanen and especially Carlson playing against the tough opposition then you're going to get the sheltered minutes. Which was great because Green is good when he doesn't play against the tougher forwards. He won't have that luxury here. He would be against the tougher competition becuase he would be on our top 4 not top 6. Our division is a lot harder than the metro. Green is much better than Franson offensively but Franson is a better defensively and plays physically while having offensive upside. You took out of context what I said of complete, it wasn't about their talent level. Green and Franson are not top 2 D, they're both top 4. I meant complete in the fact that Franson can play in all 3 zones and has more attributes in his game. Green is pretty much just an offensive defenseman. Also more than one move would have to be made in order to make the cap to sign Green and re-sign the RFA's we need to re-sign. We might only need to move Bieksa in order to make enough cap for Franson. Also we would need to replace the physicality Bieksa brings and Franson does that and more. In the end I would much rather have two pairings that we can throw out against any forwards and in any situation than just one. And I don't think it's worth $5M+ to pay someone who's only decent offensively and defensively, is on the slower side and would be redundant for the role of a physical, decent 2-way D with some moderate offense (Edler). We don't need another physical two way guy. We've got one. Buying something you don't need because it's cheaper is not the answer. And my biggest concern with Franson is his speed. We lack it. So does he. Regardless, neither of us is likely to get our way given Benning's comments on the $5m / $6m+ end of the market. As I said, If Green's too expensive, so is Franson. They're both too expensive and one's redundant. Realistically we're hoping we can sign McQuaid to play on our 3rd pairing for say ~$3m Edler, Tanev Hamhuis, Bieksa Sbisa, McQuaid Stanton, Weber/Clendening ...is likely something like what we're looking at. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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