Canucks were looking at going into the season with 2 centres with NHL experience. So, they had a to overpay to get this guy. I think they overpaid on the right guy, Manny brings all the qualities the Canucks need. Having good contracts elsewhere on the roster gives the Gillis the freedom to pony up a little more to make sure he got the guy he wanted.
Of course, he COULD have had him for almost nothing last season, when Manny was skating in Vancouver, waiting for a contract offer. Oh well.
It seems some people have a hard time with the concept of free agency. There's a price to pay for acquiring good players without moving assets to do so and that price is cap space.
What a tool Pierre McGuire is. I can't think of a better linemate for Cody Hodgson than Manny Malhotra. His size, skating, faceoff prowess and versatility will make Hodgson's transition to the NHL that much easier.
I have no problem giving Steve Bernier's money to Malhotra. He is probably the best fit for the bottom 6 of all the free agents. Because of this Gillis was willing to overpay by 500K - nothing wrong with that IMO.
It's yet another reason why McGuire and the TSN panel are out to lunch when it comes to Western Canada. They're morons. Plain and simple.
They have NO idea yet they have all those idiots in suits sitting there.
Solid signing. The price is questionable, but that's UFA. I'm glad that Gillis overpaid slightly to get the best of the bunch of 3rd line C's though. I take Malholtra at 2.5M any day of the week over a slight downgrade for 2 (someone like Belanger).
no, seriously dude. I'm not a fan of this signing. I dont like the price the Canucks paid. ALOT of money.
And Armstrong would have been a better signing than Ladd.
Armstrong scored less than Malhotra last year, in more games, at a position the Canucks are deeper in. His scoring pace was virtually identical to Steve Bernier's, so in signing Armstrong you're essentially giving Bernier a million dollar raise to patrol the wing on the third line. I realize he's an agitating player, but what do you think the Canucks need more of in their bottom six? Agitation, or faceoffs/penalty killing? We already employ two of the most agitating players in the entire NHL.