Offseason moves part 2
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06-09-2012, 07:35 PM
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how the hell has Feaster done the exact opposite? Christ he has signed 30 contracts since becoming GM, 3 have had any form of NTC and only 1 that we question and you are saying that is handing them out like candy? because that is the complete opposite of not handing them out like candy.
You seem to be taking "don't hand out NTC's like candy" as meaning never give out a NTC.
And we also aren't privy to negotiations, we aren't privy to Feaster's innermost thoughts nor are we privy to advice he received from his management team.
The Flames turned their season around after the Babchuk trade, due in part to his offensive contribution from the point. Feaster may have (I would say he very likely did) have misjudged Babchuk's value, but that doesn't mean he gave out the NTC lightly.
Of those 30 contracts, how many were actually eligible to receive them? 10? 15?
Babchuk, as I said, was excessive by any account. He may have been a part of the turnaround, but at the end of the day he was still a bottom pairing defensemen/PP specialist that needed to be protected at even strength. Giving a NTC to a depth defensemen just months after saying the previous management had made a mistake in handing out too many to too many role players, that clauses should be reserved for very special situations or they otherwise prevent managers from doing their job correctly was without a doubt, superfluous. And while the Tanguay and Glencross deals may have resulted in a cheaper cap hits, I'm not in favour of those either. I'd much rather they take an extra 0.5M to 1M in cap space but leave the team the option of trading them in a deal that benefits the club first and foremost.
When Feaster said he would be doing things differently, but then proceeds to that exact same thing Sutter did before him with regard to NTCs, then yes, that qualifies as doing that exact opposite of what he said.
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