Why is this offseason so bad?
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08-27-2010, 03:48 PM
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: St Paul, MN
I've only really been following since the lockout, but every offseason is slow.
I think the reason they say it's "bad" is because all the teams are maxed out against the salary cap and/or internal budgets. It used to be that on July 1st all the big names would get signed immediately, then all the next big names, then the next tier, etc. The cap kept going up and up my $5+m dollars, so it was "free money" to spend.
But the last couple years, the cap has been relatively flat, and all the teams that spent a bunch of money got in trouble because they couldn't re-sign RFA's or get big name UFA's. So the big market teams which have a big following haven't done much this offseason, and the fans get antsy.
For the Wild, we did just fine IMO. We only had one big summer (signing Johnsson and Parrish and trading for Demitra, and I think we also got Backstrom that summer), since then it's been kind of quiet. But we filled a couple holes without overpaying and extended Koivu, then had a very good draft IMO.
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