- On both lists: Willis, Jakovic, De Rosario, Kitchen, McDonald, Pontius, Quaranta, Wolff
- Goff also protects: Korb, Woolard, King
- I also protect: Boskovic, Brettschneider, da Luz
We’re in alignment on a number of points beyond the obvious (De Rosario, Kitchen, Pontius). Simms is too expensive and doesn’t fit tactically, Jakovic is a flawed but vital part of the back line, Woff likewise up top, and having a backup netminder you can depend upon, particularly with Hamid likely to be missing games for national duty next year, may seem frivolous, but is potentially key.
We differ on two major areas: Boskovic and which group of scrubs to go with.
I’ll concede that given his injury and contract situations, Boskovic seems an unlikely pick for Montreal, but I think you put him on the list for two reasons. First, Korb, Woolard, and King are the type of players you can replace easily. Sure, we may not have depth in those positions at the moment, but all have flaws for their preferred position (Korb’s aerial deficiencies, Woolard’s being 75% of a top-flight player, King’s inability to finish despite getting in great spots coming from deep) and the type of journeyman player you can find a ready replacement for. Maybe you don’t take that risk if you’re the FO, but I still think it’s easier to dig up another Woolard than another Boskovic.
The second reason is more nuanced and possibly reeks too much of pop psychology, but I think putting Boskovic on the protected list sends a signal to the team and the player that he’s a vital cog in the machine going forward. Maybe I’m putting too much stock in that. Maybe Boskovic doesn’t even know there’s an expansion draft going on. Whatever. My default position is always going to be to protect the players that are harder to replace (assuming they’re key to your plans moving forward).
Which brings me to the scrubs, where I really don’t have that much to say. You can take your pick of any two of Woolard, Korb, Brettschneider, da Luz, and King and make a fairly decent argument for their inclusion. If you project either Woolard or Korb as a starter in 2012, I guess you’d have to give them one of those spots2. Of that group though, I’d still lean towards Brettschneider and da Luz as potentially having the most long-term value, but then, I only play the home game3…
I tried to do a reaction post to the two latest USMNT friendlies, really I did. But who needs to hear more complaints about Beckerman's inadequacies and Klinsmann proving little better than a media-friendly, Euro-fied Bradley (when it comes to tactics/player selection). Sigh. So jaded. ↩
Of course, if you’re sane, you’re furiously searching for better options at both spots and/or praying that Zayner finds a miracle cure for all that ails him. ↩
Football Manager, of course. I’ll have something coming regarding that in the near future. Probably. ↩