In the NHL, very few players offer everything a coach asks for. Skaters don’t often come with the ability to score clutch goals- but still assist every other teammate on the ice, incorporate a two-way game, act aggressively, fill a leadership role, and keep their tempers in check. Anze Kopitar, Jamie Benn, Patrick Sharp, Patrice Bergeron, Shane Doan… guys like these spoil us. They embody the exception, not the rule.
For most players, they must be evaluated looking at their opportunity costs (I’m sorry, I’m auditing some finance courses. Sue me).
In other words, a GM must look at the costs associated with a certain player, and evaluate whether it is worth that price to receive certain benefits.
For Dallas, picking up Tyler Seguin meant potential PR hassles- or underperformance- in exchange for a potential 30-plus goals a season. For Chicago, Patrick Kane cost them an even bigger PR hassle… and $10.5 million annually until I’m in my thirties. For Pittsburgh, Sidney Crosby‘s spectacular play comes with an injury-prone player… and let’s not even talk about Ovechkin. Even with the big stars, a player’s pros must be weighed against his cons to truly prove his worth.
This brings us to Max Domi. The 19-year-old Toronto native is the hot topic in Arizona right now for this very reason. Head Coach Dave Tippett seems happy with Domi’s play, but remains mum on the legacy’s chances with the big team this season. It could be that Tippett is simply waiting to announce the tentative roster until training camp- but in the meantime, let’s break down some of the factors that might be weighing his decision.