I agree it's overpayment but Byfuglien is proven and ready. Sometimes you have to overpay to get better.
Boston gave up the 15th overall Denis Wideman and 2nd in 2012 (i think)
to get Campbell and Horton.
That was also overpayment but Boston is a better team as a result.
You won't get better by always trading good cheap/young talent for players with sizeable contracts. The formula to win in the cap world is to have 4-5 guys making small money(under 2 mil) making big contributions. If you trade your 1st and a good prospect for a guy that's sometimes a top 6 guy sometimes a 3rd liner, to me that's too risky.
Guys like LeBlanc Kristo Eller Trotter Pacioretty Subban Price have the potential in the next 4-5 years to give us seasons where their production is 3 or 4 times what their current salary is.
That's how Pittsburgh(Staal Talbot Letang), Chicago(Niemi Keith Brouwer Hjalmarsson), Phillie(Giroux Asham Coburn Leighton) and even the Habs last year(Subban Halak Gorges) went far in the playoffs.
he was the 1st one to call the cap rising
and he also called the horton deal
cap rising you don't need special source to know it 2 hours before it's announce and I didn't know about the Horton deal but RDS talked about the rumour 4 days before the trade, it's was on a Boston sport website
Reasoner is a salary dump if you guys have not figured it out. He had a bad year in Atlanta and part of the deal was for Chicago to take him off the books. They can buy him out or maybe send him to the minors.
Reasoner and 2nd= Sopel Aliu and Eager (Sopel's 2.33 and Reasoner's 1.2 mil were dumps)
So Byfuglien cost the #24 pick in the draft plus Morin(Atlanta's #2 prospect, #49 overall in the NHL according to THN). For a guy that's never cracked 20 goals and makes 3 mil...Thanks PG.
Okay so now Hartnell was never directly mentioned as being on the block, and on top of that you're assuming our 27th overall pick alone will be able to get this done? Pure speculation.
Care to backpedal anymore?
Care to show some maturity on a message board? The point is a 1st round pick should be able to get Hartnell. It's either him or Gagne out of Philly. I don't give a ***** about winning an argument against you on HFBoards. Some of us actually have lives.
That's never an excuse. Hammer and Spacek can easily be dumped and suddenly we have enough space.
May I ask why you think it's so easy to trade these two players given their age and cap hit? And I'd like to confirm that you feel it's so easy that it could be done not only just before the season starts (which I'm saying is next to impossible), but within the last week to open up enough space for Sopel, Byfuglien, etc.?