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10-28-2009, 04:05 PM
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Originally Posted by chimrichalds18 View Post
First of all, there's no honor in tanking -- you definitely don't have to do that to win. Secondly, of those 3 contracts, the only problem I have is with Briere's, but that's easy to say now because Carter and Richards are legit NHLers. Their superstardom was not even close to being a guarantee.

Holmgren's biggest problem is cap management - not necessarily those big contracts (Kimmo's worth every penny, Hartnell was going to get that money anyway), but the stuff like Lupul's and Jones's.

Not to beat this to death, but Holmgren mismanaged the Jones situation in every way possible. He gave him way, way too much money, kept him up when he shouldn't have (when he was injured), and didn't address it over the summer. Jones's contract led to us losing Metro, Ossi, and, you could make a case that Knuble would still be here since the gap between his desired salary and our offer wasn't 1 million+

That summer after the season from hell was easier than everything else for Holmgren because he had a ****ton of money to work with and anything looked good. Now, it's getting a little tight next to the cap, and he spent a summer ****ing things up with Jones. Granted, he did get Pronger, but that still leaves a few other issues to take care of (3rd line center, back up goalie FAIL)
how is getting boucher who had a 917 save percentage a fail?

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