Originally posted on The 6th Sens  |  Last updated 3/12/13
The Senators have acquired forward Matt Kassian from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for a 2014 6th round draft pick. The 6'5, 247 pound left winger is 26 years old, and has played just 28 games in his NHL career, non of which are from this season, and is a career 0.1 PPG in the AHL.  In other words, he is what you might call a "goon". Bob McKenzie talked about the Sens interest in bringing in "toughness" on TSN a while back. I am not a fan of this move, even though a 6th round pick for next season's draft is not much to give up. According to Oilers blog Copper and Blue, a team with a pick between 101 and 200th overall has about a 4% chance of drafting a top player (ie a Top 5 forward or Top 3 defenceman on a team).  I'm not a fan of heavyweights. These types of players tend to be liabilites because opposing player skate circles around them, and because they take unecessary minor penalties. By adding Kassian, the Sens might also be taking away a roster spot from useful penalty killers like Daugavins or O'Brien, or maybe Peter Regin (who is a good player) will be forced to sit in the press box a lot more. To be honest, I'll take the 4% at having a good player 5 or so years down the road than having one those guys lose a regular spot in the lineup. After losing Carkner and Konopka, "team toughness" became a big topic until the season started when people realized that the Sens were good and didn't really need them anymore. Although I'm sure a lot of people will be happy with this move because it adresses this apparent lack of "team toughness", but I disagree. Having a guy like Kassian play 5 minutes per night doesn't make your team tough. What makes your team tough is like what Boston has; skilled Top 4 defenceman and Top 6 forwards who play physical and who will drop the gloves when needed. That way, they seemingly always have a player on the ice who is just as likely to throw a big hit as he is to contribute to his team through quality play. The reason why the Sens are losing games isn't because they aren't tough, but is because they can't score goals. Kassian won't help that.  Now I'll finish off this post with a quote from recent Stanley Cup winning head coach, Darryl Sutter: Sutter on goons: "We’d rather those guys be on the ice, because then we can take advantage of it." lakingsinsider.com/2012/03/03/sut… — Robert JftC (@RobertJFTC) March 5, 2013    
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