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03-19-2013, 11:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Draft Guru View Post
Disagree so much with this post.

Dubinsky did not become the 30 goal, 60 point player we envisioned and was vastly overpaid with 3 years remaining on his contract.

Anisimov was to be an RFA after this season with arbitration rights and was likely in line for a deal in the 3.5-4m range.

The 7.8 cap hit with Nash was a complete wash with the guys we already had on the books.

We have a cheaper, younger replacement for Dubinsky in JT Miller. He just needs a little time.

You have to make the Nash deal every day of the week. You don't have many opportunities to acquire star players in their prime. Where Sather failed was making other moves to replace our depth. We went into the year thinking Kreider was going to be able to play a prominent role and that didn't happen. We've been searching all season for some reliable depth forwards.
Agreed. Now the Nash trade is under scrutiny? Yikes. When you can acquire a superstar player like Nash for a couple of role players, you do it. Nash's $7.8M salary will begin to look like a bargain soon enough -- look at Getzlaf and Perry getting over $8.5M per apiece. Welcome to the new CBA.

Sather fumbled the ball by assuming guys like Pyatt, Halpern, Kreider, and Asham would be suitable replacements for guys like Prust, Dubinsky, Anisimov, and Fedotenko. The latter guys, while no offensive dynamos, did contribute the odd goal here and there. This current incarnation of the bottom 6 has 7 goals all season.

Pyatt - 4 (no goals in 22 games, scored those 4 goals playing primarily on the top 6)
JT Miller - 2 goals (in one game against the Islanders on Valentine's day, none since)
Boyle - 1 goal
Asham - 1 goal
Halpern - 0 goals
Powe - 0 goals

That, almost 30 games into a season, is an unmitigated disaster - compounded by the fact that Gaborik and Richards have sucked for the majority of the year as well.

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