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2010-11: THE APOCALYPSE (all talk here)
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05-26-2009, 05:19 PM
Join Date: Feb 2009
I think Detroit's strategy with regards to goaltending is turning out to be brilliant. Of course, a lot of this is hindsight since Ozzie has been truly a clutch playoff goalie, but if they had to pay a true #1 tender, there wouldn't be room this year for either Hossa a couple of their great depth forwards. Since they know their team is sick enough any goaltender can lead them to the playoffs, why spend money there? We saw what happened for a bit when the D had a bad stretch, and it wasn't pretty, but I think a couple years down the road you've gotta think the Hawks are planning on being in the same situation. Everything happened quickly this season, which makes the contract to Huet a bit worse than it otherwise would seem - but if you could knock a year or two off the contract, wouldn't you feel good about going with Crawford/Niemi/if both suck, then signing random Plan B fringe tender for cheap? This year's main agenda in goal was to not sabotage development of the team by having them play in front of some terrible guy like Andrew Raycroft, even if it cost $12MM. Hopefully either they trade Huet, or one of the Hawks prospects turn out to be a solid #1 in a few years.
If the Hawks did trade Huet, what do you think they'd do? Related question being "how much should they pay for a goalie?"
Who is even available? Somebody like Biron, Nittymaki, or Fernandez? I have seen these names thrown about in various spots although not for sure on anyone's status. on the other side of things...Luongo? Hell no. As our offense and defense get better, the value of having someone like him decreases- whereas a team like Columbus was pretty much dependent on having great goalie play.
I agree 100% on Kane. Unless he produces way more points or adds some level of D, I don't see him being worth that much- I would be disappointed if they give him 6 in this RFA contract, I think 5M is more along the lines of acceptable. If he got an offer sheet in the "four 1st rounders" level of compensation, which would almost have to come from a bad team trying to improve quickly...well I'd apologize to the 13 year old girls and take that deal ASAP.
Guys who are underrated have extra value in a salary cap world.
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