Another stay the course vote here. The big issue for Grioux is that the team is no longer insulated by quality veterans and has tipped too heavily towards youth. Jagr and Hartnell not only provided size and talent, but were part of a thinning and aging leadership core inside the Philly locker room. That leadership core has dwindled from Pronger, Timonen, Briere, Jagr, Laperier, Hartnel, Richards, and Carter (say what you will about the leadership of the latter two) to Timonen, Briere, and Giroux over just two seasons. Not only is that a major loss of leadership, but a huge loss of insulating talent. The lack of experience is really showing through and the entire lineup has been incredibly inconsistent as a result (just listen to Grioux rip the team after the game last night against the Habs).
Will Giroux rebound from where he is now? Most certainly when Hartnell returns, but I don't think there is enough upside there this year for that much risk.
1 yr league, 10 teams, H2H points: G(3), A(2), PPP(1), SHP (2), SOG (0.2), Hits (0.2), BKS (0.2), W(5), SV(0.2), GA(-1), SO(5)
Roster set daily: 10 F, 6 D, 1 Util, 2 G, 3 BE, 1 IR
Forwards: Tavares, Ovechkin, Ribeiro, Parise, Benn, E. Kane, Skinner, Brown, Backes, Steen, Tarasenko, Landeskog, O'Reilly, Saad
Defense: Letang, Phaneuf, OEL, Streit, Carlson
Goalies: Price, Rask, Kiprusoff, Emery