Friday, June 01, 2007

Pyatt to stay with the twins

CKNW radio in Vancouver reports that the Canucks and forward Taylor Pyatt have agreed on a a two-year deal worth over $3 million US.

Pyatt, 25, was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Taylor Pyatt's a smart guy.

Coming off a career season, his first offensively significant campaign through six years in the NHL, Pyatt could have chased the money and received a bigger payday.

Others in his position have done the same.

But the thing is, while Pyatt may have been able to turn a 23-goal season into a $2.5-million a year deal with Chicago or Phoenix or Florida, there's absolutely no guarantee his sudden goal spurt would continue in a second-line role with a struggling team.

On the Canucks? Twenty-three goals is the low-water mark for Pyatt, simply because he'll immediately be pencilled in with two Top 25 scorers and that spot, with the limited number of snipers vying for it, is his to lose. And, should Pyatt be able to bump his numbers up into the 60-point range over the next two years of this deal, he'll suddenly be looking at a lot more cash than $2-million a year.

Playing with the Sedins is as good a role as he can hope to have in the NHL, and the Canucks are about to allow Pyatt to prove he can score the way he did in Sudbury as a junior.

Taylor Pyatt's a smart guy.

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At 4:45 p.m., June 01, 2007, Anonymous kwyjibo said...

Oh yeah. A math whiz, that Pyatt.

At 5:15 p.m., June 01, 2007, Anonymous Lyle Richardson said...

A lot smarter than Anson Carter, who might not even be playing in the NHL next season because of his and his agent's disastrous decision to test last summer's UFA market.

At 10:30 p.m., June 01, 2007, Blogger J. Michael Neal said...

I suspect that this post is dead on, and it's one of the things that bugs me so much about NHL GMs, who I think are behind the curve of every other sport when it comes to actually understanding numbers.

The Taylor Pyatt that scores 25 goals (or more) with Vancouver is exactly the same Taylor Pyatt that scores 10-15 goals with Chicago. Those two players will add exactly the same value to your team if you sign them as free agents, and you should offer them exactly the same contract.

James is right, though, and there are too many GMs who don't understand that every single number produced by a hockey team and its players is produced within a certain context, and must be adjusted for that context. Otherwise, you assign the wrong value to those numbers.

As a Wings' fan, this applies most clearly to Tomas Holmstrom. I love Homer, the way he plays, and his image. I want him on the team. Let's face it, though: he scored thirty goals this year because he had Datsyuk and Zetterberg bouncing pucks off of him all year. Homer's really good at what he does, but it's a lot easier to get production almost as good as him than it is to get production almost as good as the other two. So, he really should be paid a lot less.

At 11:50 p.m., June 01, 2007, Anonymous Frank said...

To Lyle Richardson, don't worry about Anson Carter not playing next season. I'm sure that give his terrible performance this past year JFJ and the Leafs will offer him a two year deal at two million per year!

At 9:46 p.m., June 03, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The problem isn't how smart he is, the problem for the Canucks is that he just isn't good enough. How is it possible to be on the Sedin line and get only 14 assists? The Canucks shouldn't worry about resigning him as much as finding someone to replace him, and as we've seen over the last two years, just about any journeyman is going to get some points. If the Canucks are going to play this line first line minutes, they need to find someone who can manufacture some chances on his own.


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