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11-26-2009, 04:27 AM
Amaxing Joni Jokel
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I think Babchuk gets a bad wrap because the perception that JR painted for the fans is that Babs somehow spited the Hurricanes organization by rejecting an offer that was clearly an attempt to low-ball him. It's pretty amazing to me how quickly things unfolded. Babchuk wants a longer term deal than playing year-by-year, and after watching him play, I'd say he earned it. JR wanted to keep him on the cheap, so gave him a 1-year deal very similar to the one Babchuk had last season. To put this 1-year, $1 million deal in perspective, the Rangers are paying Matt Gilroy a $1.75 million/year 2-year deal, without ever playing an NHL game prior to this contract. Babchuk puts up 16 goals as a D, and JR tries to give him a 1-year, $1 million deal? Than later says it was $1.5 million? Consider this:
Player A: 72 games, 16 goals, 19 assists, 35 points, 9 PPG, +13, 18:04 TOI/G, 12.6% shooting
Player B: 69 games, 15 goals, 24 assists, 39 points, 8 PPG, -1, 23:08 TOI/G, 9.8% shooting
Player A and Player B have exceptionally similar stats and even play in the same division, yet Player A looks for a contract, gets offered a 1-year, $1 million deal, while Player B has a contract of 3-years, $5.75 million/year.
Can you honestly say that Babchuk is in the wrong for looking for a 3-year deal of $1.5 million/year? Am I one of only a few that thinks this is insane? Just a neutral observer chiming in on what was one of the more exciting young defenseman to watch in the NHL last year. And yes, the Rangers were seriously interested in acquiring the rights to Babchuk, right around the time they were shopping the rights to Zherdev, according to several reports. Face it, JR dropped the ball on Babchuk...
The fanbase bought into JR's "Babchuk doesn't have arbitration rights, so he should just accept my absurd lowball qualifying offer" line.
This was while tons of RFAs without arbitration rights were getting well above their QO. Just a year prior Rutherford had given Patrick Eaves (no arbitration rights) $1.4M/yr for three years.
Rutherford does this in any other market and people call for his head. Unfortunately, due to making the Finals twice with a veteran roster comprised of "character" players and marketing the game to families and small children, anybody who doesn't fall under the category of an upstanding, gritty, veteran, character leader gets treated like crap by the media and most of the fanbase.
You have no idea how many people posted comments to the degree of "Good riddance!" on other boards when Babchuk signed in Russia. People were actually ovewhelmingly positive about the fact that we got rid of Babchuk/Seidenberg and replaced them with Alberts/Ward. Who cares if a team lacking skill just got rid of two skilled defensemen? The soft Euro cancer who wanted too much money is gone from the team and that's all that matters. And YAAAAAAAAAAY we brought in two players who THROW HITS!!!!!!!!!1111111111
The series against the Pens convinced JR that we had "too many" puck-moving defensemen. He failed to realize that the puck-moving and offensive ability on D was one of the key strengths of the team and ended up completely destroying that with his offseason moves. He could have just replaced one Seidenberg or Babchuk with a GOOD defensive defenseman and ended up with a balanced D of 3 defensive D/3 puck-movers. Instead he gets rid of BOTH and replaces them with two #5/6 defensemen who are total fail at skating, getting the puck out of the zone, and contributing to the offense. Ward and Alberts will be lucky to combine for 20 points this season. They are absolutely horrific to watch in their own zone and cringe-worthy when ever they mistakenly are passed the puck in the offensive zone.
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