Zubov sets bar with 4 mil per for 3 years
Aucoin refuses 3.2 for 4 years ( holding out for 4mil per)
what were both getting last year ? PRE 24%rollback ?
Are they trying to set a HIGH BAR all over again ?
Problem is you can't "set" a bar with the current setup. I know that's what the media is raving about, but with a cap teams can't spend senseless. You got to spend according to your budget. When the teams with money are done spending, there will still be UFAs out there that will have to accept lower contracts, which will "lower" the bar.
Take Aucoin, if no one has room for him for more than $3M/year, he's going to sign for that amount, regardless of what he feels he's worth. On the other hand, if on 29 teams just one is willing to pay him $4M, then he gets that amount, but his value for the 29 other teams is still $3M/year and they won't sign an equivalent player at a penny more than that.
Guys who can skate Very well pass the puck very well and check players without holding them are the best. Basically I'm hoping we can get Scott or Rafalsky (or both...scratch a forward) it would be awesome.
Aucoin is too expensive. He doesn't have a mean streak, and I don't see him as being that reliable in man to man coverage.
I do not get this fascination Hab fans have with Aucoin.
As far as Zubov setting a bar, I agree with the poster that stated it's difficult if not impossible to set a bar in this new NHL. That said, if Zubov has set any type of bar, that is perfectly fine by me; let other teams take large percentages of their payroll and spend it on few players. Leaves more options for Montreal.