Could we rebuild to contender in one year. Might only take one signing!
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03-02-2011, 07:11 PM
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Travis Yost seems to think that penciling Anderson into future line-ups is quite ridiculous at this point. Seems to believe that Anderson will not want to be with a re-building team (interpreting Murray's quote that Anderson wants to "look at the situation first"). Take it for what it's worth but seems quite possible.
I can't agree with that take on the situation, for 2 reasons:
1- Roster on paper isn't built to tank. Spezza, Michalek, Alfredsson, Gonchar, Neil, and Phillips are established NHL players. Most rebuilding teams don't carry that many Veteran NHL players. If we add a UFA (has to be a forward) there's enough established NHL players to fill our Top 6 and Top 4.
2- Goalie market isn't friendly for Anderson this off-season. I did a breakdown of the whole thing, and virtually every top team in the league either has a starter, or has some serious cap considerations that exclude them from getting a goalie. Tampa is the only top club that doesn't have a decent goalie right now, but they may sign Roloson, or have Vokun shift on over to their club. Beyond Ottawa, there's really only Edmonton, Toronto, New York Islanders, Colorado, and Florida.
Murray's comments generally weren't out of line with how contract signings usually go in situations like these. Meaningful negotiations shouldn't be rushed. You risk the possibility of making the player feel uncomfortable, or are trying to sign the guy at a bargain before he gets a chance to improve his numbers.
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