Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Devils sign Dainius Zubrus
ONE MORE THING: I can't believe I didn't figure this out sooner. Consider these lines:
See, what makes Patrik Elias special is that he can set up plays as well as being the finisher of plays. Suppose Zubrus centers Elias and Gionta. Elias can dictate the play while Gionta buzzes around the slot; Zubrus can more than complement that with his size along the boards or be used as an additional playmaker (not like Gomez where he was a solid playmaker first and foremost). Since Zubrus has centered a first line in Washington for two seasons, he can definitely handle the minutes and the workload - only he doesn't have to be the top guy on the line. He just needs to mesh well with Elias and Gionta, if he does I think that line will work wonders. Plus, the PZL line can remain together and effective with their already solid chemistry. The more I think about this, I like this signing more and more. Especially the contract - the Devils have well over $10 million in cap space remaining with this signing. Time to pay Parise and Martin!
Labels: 2007 Offseason
Tim Mo: Elias-Zubrus-Gionta will definitely not be the same as the EGG line. Gomez and Zubrus are different players who have different strengths. I think it's a signing worthy of excitement because Zubrus could actually play on the first line, handle those minutes and playing with the best scoring talent. But you're right that it definitely won't be like the EGG line.
Anon: No offense, but those lines don't make much sense. Zajac did too well last season to be moved to wing; and Parise isn't a right winger. Plus, I don't think Viuhkola will make that big of a splash in camp to center the second line.
Schnookie: Thank you. You are right in pointing out that if Zubrus doesn't do well, there's no issue in moving him down a line or two.