The answer to "trade everyone who sucked this year" : see Ryder, Michael.
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04-21-2009, 01:47 PM
Join Date: Feb 2007
People don't understand what an asset is when they keep conjuring up Streit/Ryder in arguements.
In the new capped NHL, UFAs are signings are rarely valuable 'assets' unless they have ridiculously good contracts. Guys like Savard @ 5 million are valuable assets, Ryder @ 4 million is not.
Habs passed on Ryder and Streit because they knew they'd be getting big UFA premiums, the kind that go to essential players, not periphery guys. Gainey passed, he wanted flexibility and thought he could do better. That 9 million cap space became his asset, which he used to add Tanguay and Lang.
BTW this Ryder contract may come back to haunt Boston since they have Krecje and Kessel up for big raises this summer (along with Thomas who already signed his 4 million raise), then Lucic & Savard next summer. Woulda been a lot better to have signed Recchi last summer.
Also for every Ryder who finds his decent game again there's an Afinoganov, Malakhov or Naslund who never do.
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