Hamrlik at 5.5M is not overpayment anymore and Markov at 5.75M is a bargain.
Another reason to love Bob. Markov IMO is as good if not better than Campbell and certainly Redden who he is 3 years younger than. The more of these signings I see, the better I feel. We are not falling behind even though everyone else is getting some pickups. Heck, if Edmonton can make all these deals and we can't, that's when the frustration sets in. But man it must suck to be a Buffalo fan. They never sign anyone and continually lose assets on the open market. Who's next? Roy? Stafford? Miller?
Well....you can't disagree with me 'cause I agree with you....or sort of....My list didn't include Campbell so I was fine not having him especially for that kind of money, Rolston I'm not so sure but that's because of my hockey man crush on him. It is a little expensive. I'm just tired to hear that Gainey is a genius only because he knows where the toilet is. Gainey knows what the UFA market is all about. He participated in it last year and if the guys would have agreed, he would have made some of the biggest mistakes out there....remember the amount for Brière....So Gainey is able to be as dumb as any other guys out there, he proved it last year. And he repeated to this day that he want to acquire a top-gun UFA this year....don't you think he's not aware that he won't have to overpay for this one again?
To get Hossa and Sundin, he will have to overpay, making it, as per HFboards standards as far as salary cap is concerned, a bad move.
Gainey is willing to play the UFA game, he's just lucky nobody wanted to come last year. Might not be the exact same thing this year but he clearly stated he wanted to improve his team. If he finds a way to do it without paying too much, I will comeback and called him a genius.
Actually, as far as the Kosty deal, I called it awesome, and was criticized for doing so......
Briere wouldn't have crippled us and Gainey still has his limits on a player and he's not afraid to bow out once the dollar amount becomes too detrimental. We might still get Sundin. Rangers have picked up some expensive contracts today including an insane contract to Redden. I'd rather BG stay quiet and pick up some gritty fillers (like Kostopoulos last year) then handcuff us with an insane contract.
I like Rolston too but that deal could be horrible. At 35, you're stuck with those numbers on the cap for the rest of the contract no matter what happens (retirement, injury, alien abduction, etc).
Have faith in our proven winner GM. The offseason has just begun.
Montreal Canadiens - 10,881,366
Ny Rangers -7,837,407 .
Edmonton Oilers -4,365,780
It's starting to look to me like 'the Hossman' could stay in Pittsburgh. Sundin, I'd say it's either Vancouver or Montreal. When money comes to play though, forget everything Sundin said before (about not wanting to play in the west) IMO.