That's really not what's happening. I know you don't agree with what the Brassard critics are saying, but there's no need to misrepresent what's being said. The criticism of Brassard is 90% focused on him as a 3C, in terms of what we want from a 3C and what another player could provide in that role. Very little of it is to do with cost or expecting him to be a top six forward. Don't be that guy. edit: p.s. I would also say that I'm seeing happy signs of life from both Brassard and Malkin over the last few games.