Discussion in 'National Hockey League Talk' started by Chukcha, Dec 9, 2014.
Which western team would he fit better? (without removing core pieces from these teams).
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He'd be a 60-70 point player. A decent 1st liner, but he couldn't take the physicality and defensive play of the west.
I'm not even a Malkin fan, but that's a silly thing to say. Dude can get pretty physical.
I'm sure if the Sedins can dominate in the West for most of their careers, Malkin would be just fine.
I don't really see how a team would acquire Malkin without giving up any core pieces. Malkins don't grow on trees.
And lol at the guy above me saying he'd be a 60 point player. Malkin is a physical beast, that's one of his best assets. He would do just fine in the west. People keep making this absurd east vs west claims, does ANYONE have a shred of evidence to back up statements like the one above? I thought not.
People say the west is more physical, but that's probably just because LA has a rough image and has 2 cups. Is the west actually more physical? Has any one perused the data?
You called Malkin a decent 1st liner ?
Malkin would fit best on a team like San Jose or Chicago I think. And he'd destroy the West.
If we're doing that, can't we keep him in Pittsburgh, and add Evander Kane for free to play with Malkin?
He'd be the first line center of any team in the West.
Anyone acquiring him would severely be knee-capping themselves by trading half their assets away...but taking that out of the picture Chicago, Nashville, and Dallas pop into mind instantly as good fits.
And yes, Malkin instantly becomes the best player in the Western Conference in this hypothetical scenario. Arguing that a 6'3" guy who averages more than a PIM a game in his career couldn't handle the physicality of the west...yeah.
Panthers looked much more physical than Blues last night, that's for sure.
Obviously this doesn't tell the full story, but the whole "WEST IS SO MUCH TUFFER!" argument's a little ridiculous, as 4 of the top 5 and 15 of the top 20 hitters in the NHL are from the East.
A 60-70 point player... The west really is an apocalyptic war zone.
This. And that includes Chicago, LA, Anaheim, etc.
One of the most ridiculous things I've ever read.
Arguably top 3 player in the world, consistent 90-100 point player moves to the West and suddenly becomes a "decent 1st liner" and drops 40% of his points? What a joke. The guy isn't 5ft6. He's a big, strong player who lays out big hits. Do you even watch hockey??
he's too soff
See...they're not trading pieces away. They are either getting him for scraps, or nothing, just the Penguins kindness. Completely realistic exercise.
Yeah I'm not so sure. The West is still kicking the East's butt in general, but I think it's more an issue of the Western teams having more skill.
I think Malkin would be fine on a Western team, but I really can't see any situation where he gets dealt.
So if Malkin can only score 60-70 in the West. That must mean a guy like Toews would easily score 113 points in the soft soft east.
I was being quite sarcastic in my response to the other poster's claim of Malkin suddenly becoming a 60-70 point player.
Because you know the west is a war zone. It's a miracle west conference players are able to make it to the planes after the game
Under the hypothetical that the team doesn't lose pieces in getting him, he would make Nashville stellar. Chicago could always use him, but that much star power on Chicago is just gross so I refuse to endorse it lol
Skill is not the word I'd use. I'd say depth. The East has most of the top end talent, but also has the worse bottom 6 players.
If Malkin arrived in LA we would put our shoot-first, ask questions later guys on a line with him. You think James Neal had good seasons with Geno, wait'll you see Toffoli and Pearson, the new That 70s Line.
We'd deal Nolan to Pittsburgh for a pick so there's no jersey number issues.
Coaches are key, too. Aside from Babcock, the West has some of the best coaches in the NHL in Quenneville, Hitchcock, and Sutter. Boudreau's good too, actually.
I would love to see a trade straight up for Toews to get Malkin out of Pittsburgh. Put Malkin on Chicago and he'd still be putting up huge points. The problem for him is Chicago actually shares the PP time. Right now next to Seguin, Malkin is playing the best in the league. It is a travesty to see the wingers this guy plays with.
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