Two Players to Avoid
1. Derek Morris
- BTN (+/-) rating of -14 based on GFON of 35 and GAON of 49
- BTN reports Morris as having a -8.2 Corsi number
- NHL (+/-) rating of -10 and 7 out of his 20 points were attained on special teams, accounting for 35% of his total offense
Basically, Morris is a pretty bad choice as an offensive defenseman. And if the numbers are any indication, he wouldn't be a very good defensive defenseman either.
2. Niclas Havelid
- BTN stats are pretty much on par with Steve Staios with nearly identical Corsi, (+/-), GFON and GAON, and for TOI/60
- They are about the same age
- Havelid had better QUALTEAM than Staios (yes, we mean Strudwick)
Two Players to Sign
1. Alex Tanguay
- 50 GP, 16-25-41 with 24 PIM
- 2008-09 Salary of about 5.4 million
- Corsi of -8.5 and a BTN (+/-) of +10
- NHL (+/-) of +13
- Condition: He has to take a pay cut over a term shorter than 4 years (perhaps a 2 year deal)
One thing that stands out to me is that Tanguay is positive in all (+/-) departments despite being outshot so badly while on the ice. QUALCOMP and QUALTEAM don't really shed much light on this tidbit and hopefully a Montreal Canadiens fan could help me out on this front.
2. Christian Backman
- 2008-09 Salary of about 3.4 million
- Size and strength to clear away opposing forwards from the front of the net
- BTN stats indicate he has a Corsi of 13.8 and a BTN (+/-) of +6, which puts him in good company, though he lacks the offense of others in this category, such as Brian Campbell (52 points) and Dan Boyle (57 points), it would seem he's doing something right by perhaps keeping the puck in the zone or getting a lot of shots through to the net from the point; one thing's for certain, he manages to keep the puck out of his zone for most of the time he's on the ice
- Condition: Steve Staios has to go
The question is though, is Backman really worth 700 k more than Steve Staios? I think so. At his age and his given abilities, he could be a good replacement for Steady Steve at about 700 k more.