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12-23-2009, 04:07 PM
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I think he should have made a philosophical commitment to a starting goaltender in the salary cap. He did not. I have no problem giving a backup 925K and shaving money off what you might have spent on someone else. I think the Pronger trade was a ballsy, reckless, and only works out if we win the Cup trade. Said so from the start. I probably would not have traded for Pronger.
Of course, I also would have retained Biron...maybe wait until the UFA period to get an idea of other contracts available on the market, but would have looked to keep him.
But none of that really matters...because before we ever got to UFA, we had traded for Pronger, we had signed Emery. The deed was done. Signing Boucher to be the backup for 925K and saving some cash to get a guy they were comfortable with wasn't a bad move...nor do I think Boucher is a bad backup.
However, if I was the GM, Emery probably isn't on our team.
I'm still not completely on board with you here. The Pronger deal was reckless, but a lot of people were complaining how we needed a new d-man and I know some people are partial to J-Bouw, is the 1.8 mill per year discount worth it? Who knows. All I can say is that the D probably needed some kind of upgrade and if you're bringing in another elite d-man, you aren't spending a lot of coin on a new goalie.
I basically agree with you on Emery. I mean, you waive Jones, take 2.0 or so out of his deal plus the 1.5 we gave Ray, you have 3.5-4 that you can shoot at a Roloson/Biron who were both probably more reliable.
But once we cast the dice with Emery, we absolutely needed an elite, veteran backup who could step in if we needed him too and that part should not have been negotiable. With the roster this team has, you shouldn't need a deadline trade to increase talent levels.
EDIT: Actually thinking a little on Roloson, if we gave him 1.5-2.0 mill to come to a Cup contender, does he really say no to that in favor of 500K-700K more with a team that was most likely going to be in the basement? I mean, sign Roloson at 1.75 hypothetically and Anderson at 1.8, waive Jones, that's 3.5 on 2 goalies. Considering we're spending 2.4 on goalies right now and eating the 1.3 on the Jones deal, I feel like we could have made that happen.
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