A lot has been written about Josh Bailey since his storied pik by Garth Snow several years ago. He is certainly a very nice young man with good skating and defensive ability. Much was also expected of him and a recitation of his production over recent years needs no repetition here.
We all know the statistics, as well as the experiments with different positions on various lines. Snow under time pressure signed him to a two year deal before this season. In a few months barring a late season scoring spree, - little if any improvment will be seen this season. The question is of course, does Snow [ partly because he is Garth's special project ]- continue the patient approach or does he try to package him with a pik and or a prospect[s] for a defenseman that has under developed potential? We are certainly in short supply in that area! The concept of a change of scene for a professional athlete is often the motive in exchanging under performing assets. Statistically many more attempts fail than succeed. However the successes make for good press- ["things that end well are fun to retell"]
I love analogies and the one that comes to mind deals with the estate owner who chooses a special tree for his property. The tree comes with great expectations for stately growth. However after one year of the sappling struggling the horticulturist is criticized for not giving the tree another year in the nursery. The next year the owner tries all kinds of experiments including surrounding the tree with other plants and even moving it to other locations on the property. Finally the owner in desperation sends the tree back to the nursey where it thrives again and is brought back again to see if it will begin to grow. The next year the struggle resumes and the owner begins to ponder the idea of sending the tree to a friend in another state with a different climate in exchange for one his problem plants.
The question I ask all you tree experts - does the term, "A work in progress" mean something that is on going or does the other definition pertain meaning improvment or in this case lack of same?