With that said, Babchuk could be slightly attractive. Big defenceman, young, booming shot, 16 goals (4-5th in the league for defenceman), +13, blocks shots... and in all honesty, for a good piece of time he played in the top 4 and logged 20 minutes and wasn't a weak point for the team. Even as a person who is and never has been a big fan of Babchuk (has nothing to do with him leaving), I have to give him credit there. His playoff performance was garbage, but his regular season performance was quite good. He has flaws, (like everyone) he's not a polished top 4 defenceman today (don't know that he ever will be) but he could still be an asset.
We'll see. I'm just throwing crap at the wall here.
Too much damage and bad blood for him to come back here now, and for JR to be willing to take him back. JR had to know when he started trashing the guy in the media that the relationship was over. Make you wonder what really went on when a team with the rep of treating players extrememly well outwardly trashes one of their own. Babs needs to move on for his own good too.
Seids will be a Cane. Now that Ruutu is signed, jr will make his move for a buyout and trade to free up money.