Does age really matter in playing hockey? It seems that nowadays many hockey pros are getting younger and more aggressive.
But what about the veteran players who want to prove that they are still fit to play and score for their team?
According to reports, Marek Zidlicky, 38,is having some talks to the Bruins on a potential deal. The veteran Czech national is rumored to be a part of Don Sweeney’s plan B, in case Cody Franson won’t end up with the Boston Bruins.
I can’t blame Sweeney’s squad to have an interest in the veteran Zidlick because the former New York Rangers player is still a solid offensive defenseman, especially since the Atlantic Division club is still rebuilding the squad with the free agents, new drafts and mainstay players.
Could the veteran Zidlicky really be a part of the B’s? Zidlicky was selected 176th overall, in the 6th round of the NHL Entry Draft back in 2001 by the New York Rangers. He has established a good record yet his age speaks volume.
For many critics, he’s somewhat old and they think a struggling club like the Bruins really needs an elite young player who can be more aggressive, offensive, defensive, active and high-scorer in the field. Yes, the Czech blue liner can fit into the Bruin’s current defensive corps, but questions concerning his age and his aging future-teammates like Zdeno Chara, Chris Kelly and Dennis Seidenberg are haunting the Black and Gold team.
With all the struggles that Don and his team are experiencing, I don’t think Bruins still need another 38-year-old guy who seems who doesn’t seem to be that of NHL-calibre level anymore. That plan B of Sweeney might be a step backwards for the club. Worse, it might be Boston’s demise if the team continues to get aging players.
Well, I think the team is weighing pros and cons regarding the plan but I hope they will consider other free agents available on the market. It seems that Franson is a better option than Zidlicky especially when age is concern.
Hopefully, the B’s will make up their mind soon.