02-04-2013, 12:38 AM
Originally Posted by Big Ev
Definitely. While I obviously wish for this to happen, I didn't just pluck this out of the air. This was passed on by a fairly reliable and decently connected person. Just that he's considering Ottawa if he goes to UFA. And I just thought it made a lot of sense for some of the reasons I already mentioned, but here's a full breakdown:
-Local ties. 3 and a half hours away from his hometown, Peterborough.
-Connection to Bryan and Tim Murray
-Less pressure (and better current and future team) than in Toronto if he wants to stay local.
-Ottawa's cap space, and the fact they have to sign somebody fairly big to reach the cap floor.
-He'll get to play with Spezza for a long time. Legit playmaking centre who is probably more skilled than Getzlaf = return to 50 goals potentially (although I think he peaked there). Where could he go with a more attractive piece at centre, who also has the cap space? Def not Toronto.
-Replacement on RW for Daniel Alfredsson as you mentioned.
-He played with Marc Methot for 3 years in London. Maybe they're buddies? No idea.
Honestly, I think the 3 Top landing spots for im are Anaheim, Toronto, and Ottawa. Obviously I can't get into his mind, and I don't know if he actually cares about being close to home, but I can't think of any other teams right now to be in a potential Top 3 for him. Obviously Pittsburgh would be amazing for him, playing with Crosby...but do they have the space?
interesting...and I don't doubt it...as fantasy hockey analysts we often forget that these players are people just like us with motivations that might have nothing to do with the team or the league or the game itself even. Like I always wonder how often guys will choose to go some place because its near their family...like imagine you have family you are very tight with and maybe your Mom, Dad or your grandma gets sick or something like that...that's a huge motivating factor to play somewhere where you can be close to them. That's a more extreme example of course but you can imagine any number of other possibilities...reconnecting with old buddies, hooking up with an old flame, etc etc, its not always just about the money
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