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Hopefully he and Lou can come to a Joisey style compromise on money and term. Count me (still) as one who sees no point jettisoning a 29.3962267 goal scorer and solid vet because "average prime age".
A comparison I still like is his goals/Game vs. Phil Kessel. Since 2013-2014, JVR has scored 28.something g/G. Phil has scored 29. JVR isn't the same kind of playmaker, but he's a damn good goalscorer and has done it with a lot less icetime. In around 3:00 less per game this season, JVR has 15 ES goals to Phil's 11.
For the fancystats whores, JVR's Corsi Rel the past two years has been 7.9 and 3.0, with Babs giving him 64% and 58% of his starts in the offensive zone, respectively. Phil's is 2.3 and -4.4 in 64% and 66% O-zone starts. Both guys are being given offensive minutes and producing goals at about the same rate, though I think one might argue that Phil has better guys to play on the PP with. Even given the uncertainty of Corsi Rel numbers, etc. (different teams, etc.) JVR stacks up very well against a guy many thought we were wrong to get rid of. In managed minutes with positive possession players like Marner, JVR's defensive game isn't really something to worry about.
Anyway, perhaps JVR the chip that gets us that coveted top-2 D, but I'm not sure there's a deal out there. Looking at the two destinations most speculated about, it's possible ANA will give up Lindholm or Fowler but I wouldn't. I'd move lesser guys to make room for them and pick up the pieces. From what I've read they could protect most of their top forwards and keep their big 3 D together at the expense of exposing Manson, who's good but not in the same tier. In WPG, Trouba is looking much better, but JVR is more of what they already have in spades given Wheeler and the emergence of Ehlers, Laine, etc. If no deal is available, we should be looking to re-up JVR.