This is actually not as bad as the Oilers offersheet to Vanek or Penner. Those were total overpayments, this is more reasonable.
If you're going to make an offer sheet you want it so the other team can't/won't match it. This was so reasonable it was a no-brainer it would be matched. What was the point? To piss GM's off? Or is Gillis desperate?
I dunno, if you were looking for a guy that can play the RW and get about 20 goals while playing a physical game, why not try for Tucker, instead of making an offer to an RFA that was going to be matched? Maybe Gillis did try for Tucker, I dunno...this whole thing just has me baffled. Am I missing something?
Don't you think it should take an overpayment to sign an RFA? It just seems like a gag offer sheet, something to let the Canucks fanbase know that they are trying.
True. That's why this is somewhat of an odd signing since everyone knew Blues would match. It seems that they're planning on targeting someone else, either another Blues player or someone whom the Blues are also after. I'm glad that they didn't resort to an overpayment though.
There was a small chance that St Louis wouldn't match - that was probably good enough for Gillis.
There was either a miscalculation or bad intel (Mellanby). Why send out offer sheets that are going to be matched a couple hours later. That shows how much of a no brainer this one was. If it's just throwing enough sh** on the wall in the hopes something sticks, that seems like a pretty half-assed approach.