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08-17-2011, 09:18 AM
Grave Before Shave
Join Date: Sep 2009
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Dude, what kind of crazy abilities do you think Andreas fricken Lilja possess that makes it at all reasonable to throw all other options out the window and approach him like he's Brad Richards on day one of free agency?
If you can't see the benefits of letting the market play out before making signings then you are being willfully ignorant. As has just shown here, significantly a better player was sitting around for weeks because the market turned out to be a buyer's market on lower rung defensemen. The capitals aqcuired a top 10 goaltender for a fraction of the term and committment that the Flyers had to make because they properly read the market. It's all just common sense
Holmgren has proven in the past they he lacks patience and it has resulted in bad contracts and poor decisions. It isn't something new on this issue
I'm not sure I'd call Hannan a significantly better player. I'm also not sure many of you understand how this whole business operates. Hannan signed in Washington and so did Vokoun. Great. This isn't fantasy hockey. Just because a guy is a UFA doesn't mean he is going to sign in Philly. Maybe Philly didn't want Hannan @ $1 mil. Maybe they thought Bryz is better than Vokoun. Maybe both of those players had hearts set on Washington from day one. Its not as simple as Hannan and Vokoun signed there so they would have signed here. That just is not how it works. And as far as Vokoun goes, I think he would have been a good choice, but not as good as Bryz. Cheaper, almost certainly, but better? I don't think so. I'd rather have a better goalie than a better contract.
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