Fire Paul Holmgren Thread (and related front office screwups) - 09/10 Edition
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10-29-2009, 01:53 AM
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Look, calling up a player that is likely to get claimed on re-entry is pretty much always stupid
. It's stupid to pay for someone to play for someone else when it's a competitive league and you're constrained by parameters tied to those decisions. Frankly, one of our division rivals should claim Jones just to screw us over.
For example, the Devils have roughly ~4.38M available, and Paul Martin is going to be injured for a while. Lou can pick up a defenseman to help out for a while, and put his division rival into a corner with the cap...a move Holmgren handed to him on a silver platter if he decides to take it.
Potentially killing our salary cap bubble like this is really dumb...especially for a marginal player like Randy Jones. Is he an improvement over OKT/Syvret? Yes. A huge one? No, not really.
You are exactly right on this, it IS stupid unless you are just trying to shed a contract (which I don't htink is the case here, I think we REALLY REALLY want him on the roster). However, who is to say that it IS likely that Jones will get claimed. Depending upon my defense I'd most likely be interested in him at 1.375 mil if I'm another team. However, I'm only speculating here, I don't know what every other teams top 6 look like and how Jones would fiot into their cap situation. I'm certain that Holmgren has at least considered what teams MIGHT be interested in him an who CAN claim him and that he feels at least pretty comfortable that Jones WILL pass through re-entry wavers. If Holmgren felt that Jones was LIKELY to get claimed then I highly doubt he'd take the risk because yes, then it WOULD just be plain stupid to piss away 1.375 mil in cap space when you feel there is almost no chance of the player slipping through.
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