NewfoundlandHab Posted April 29, 2012 Report Share Posted April 29, 2012 I love Gorges, and I think his new contract at 3.9M is a fair price, and there's probably nobody else on the roster I'd want to give a 6 year deal to who isn't named Subban or Price. That being said, I think it's clear that he isn't a top pairing defenseman. He is a legit top-4, second pairing guy, but we saw this year what happens when you give him first pairing minutes over an 82 game season. He wears down, and as much as CBC and the media lemmings want to preach about him being a "hard worker", and blocking shots, he definitely regressed in the past 20 games of the year or so. The problem was that we were trying to get him to be Roman Hamrlik from last season, when he's not Roman Hamrlik. There's a reason Hammer got 5.5 and Gorges is being paid 3.9. He's not a top pairing D, and that's OK, I just hope he doesn't get put in that role again. I'd like to see us sign a big physical shut down UFA guy to play on the 1st pairing with Subban (Suter would be amazing but that's a pipe dream), and have Markov-Gorges as our second pairing. I feel absolutely confident in Josh on the 2nd pairing, getting roughly 20 minutes a night, he can absolutely fill that role. I just don't want to see him having to play above his head and be a top pairing guy playing 25+ mins a night against the best players on opposing teams. The only problem is, who will be available? The only players I can think of who could fit into this role are Stuart, Jackman and Suter. These players will likely stay with their current teams or we have no realistic chance of signing them. I agree with you that we need to sign someone to play with Subban, and Gorges shouldnt have to play over his head in that role, but I think we may see him in that role again for one more year. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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