I get the theory, but the practice has been something of a "something else" variety.
Voracek is not a consistent 80+-point player. We know this because he's done it twice in his career (not counting the 48-game season). He's far more often a 60+-point player (which is, again, where he is this year). Even taking his career PPG over the course of a season gets him to 68. And his best goal scoring year (23) was six years ago.
His PPG Y2Y as a Flyer:
I like Panarin fine, but more from a "fantasy" point of view than "on the ice" point of view. I'm leery of giving 25-30 goal scoring, 75-80 point 28-year-olds seven/eight year, $10M contracts. Just smacks of paying for past production and, as you note, the "decline" years into the mid-30s.
Also, not sure Panarin is the "want to win" guy we've been talking about around here. I think he is more of your "lifestyle" choice guy and could very easily see him going the Pavel Bure route, end
Teh Fanatic was speculating on coaching replacements:
Quenneville (by a mile)
Boudreau (once canned in Minny)
I'm all in on Quenneville, but might settle for either of the other two over Gordon.
Maybe for a Danny Markov type? What? Too Soon?
I'd actually be happy with them both starting their pro careers in Allentown. Unless they really blow the doors off, and not in a "Nolan Patrick" or "Mikhail Vorobyev" typ
Shades of Justin Williams and Brayden Schenn to me. He produces, but does not "play the right way" (whatever that means). He should be in line for a nice payday given his stats, but his on ice play suggests he is not good in other areas (which I don't think is a question). Not being arbitration eligible definitely helps, but I just really wonder if they see him as part of the team for the longer haul. Would be a shame to see him go. Love his feistiness.
One thing I'll always rue is picking Smith over Timonen for captain backinnaday. I thought it was a terrible move then and it hasn't aged well, either.
And that's another one - not reloading the "Jagr year" team and going after Parise/Suter.
Just think for a moment about "winning" that one and where the team would be now.
Six more seasons of Parise and Suter...
My issues with this organization are neatly arranged into volumes.