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07-12-2013, 11:51 AM
Join Date: Feb 2007
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I don't understand how the Predators had a July 5th that's above significant derision. That they signed a bunch of grinders isn't the issue, it's that they signed a bunch of grinders
who aren't even very good at grinding.
Kostitsyn - 3 goals
Martin Erat - 4 goals.
Stalberg- 9 goals
Cullen - 7 goals
Nystrom - 7 goals
Hendricks - 5 goals and shootout expert - we had 7 shootout losses last year.
Consult all the advanced stats you want, the Preds are better on July 6th than they were on July 4th.
The Preds had several needs going into FA. One of them was to land an impact scorer. The other was to add size, grit, guys who play physical, and depth. Any way you look at it, we filled needs. Maybe not all of them, but most of them.
Maybe we didn't land the impact scorer, but you can only call that a flop if there was one out there to be had. Which there wasn't in free agency (unless you count LeCavalier, who wasn't coming here).
Next, guys get paid in free agency. It's always going to happen. The cap is going up next year, let's see what the muckers and grinders get next July 1st - and we'll likely not think that Nystrom's contract is so bad.
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