Bates signs 3 year deal
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03-06-2006, 11:10 AM
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Dallas/Fort Worth
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I just do not get it.
He helps the team early with his usual scoring streak, he can play a little defense and take some faceoffs but it makes no sense to give a player who simply cannot score
and has demonstrated repeatedly he cannot put the puck in the net consistently
this kind of deal at any price and that does not even speak to his history with injuries and his lack of size/age on a very small team to begin with.
You want a new gm/coach deciding this players fate here and you give that money to Parrish if your going to give it to anyone.
He has some value to the team as you pointed out but I don't get why this decision HAD to be made now. IF the new GM wanted him, he could have signed him when he comes on board. Now, he has another long-term contract to manage.
I like Bates' effort and drive but NYIsles is right. He is a very limited player (who, btw, has contributed NOTHING offensively since his injury) and is easily replaced. I'm not trying to crush the guy, but it isn't like he was a no-brainer to be re-signed. Like, let's just say that we had a player like Eric Staal who was a UFA...OF COURSE we would try to re-sign him before he hit the market. But, Shawn Bates? Why was their such urgency to lock him up, ESPECIALLY with a new GM coming in???
I'm completely baffled by this move.
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