A lot of the Ken Holland apologists were trying to make this deal look bad by suggestion the Sharks wouldn't sign him.
No, people were just pointing out that trading assets to get Burns was riskier than trading assets for a player already under contract, since Burns a) has to be re-signed and b) that contract will impact the teams ability to keep players moving forward.
Really, that's why the Sharks moved Heatley and Seto and replaced them with Havlat. Salary dump to provide tagging space to sign Burns. There was a linkage to those two deals most ignored.
Even still, SJ is at just over 52 million against the cap next year... with 12 of 23 possible spots filled. If Couture gets a 3-4+ mil a year deal (which he will if he's anywhere close to as good as he was last year), then you're talking about being at 55-56+ with 13 of 23 signed.
There's nothing inherently wrong with that kind of roster planning, of course. Detroit was cap crushed for quite a few years there post Zetterberg's RFA status. But it does tend to make a team less flexible. So, if this current composition of the Sharks is less than successful it will be difficult to shift the team on the fly without stepping back a bit.
No, people were just pointing out that trading assets to get Burns was riskier than trading assets for a player already under contract, since Burns a) has to be re-signed and b) that contract will impact the teams ability to keep players moving forward..
I don't recall what *YOU* said, but i remember Poker and Pucks and a few others saying this could blow up in SJ's face because Burns might walk.
I honestly don't remember many people critical of Holland for not signing Wiz — not at the price Montreal signed him for.
Heh. Yeah, that was part of the charm of the criticisms. Holland was criticized for not signing guys who signed elsewhere for more than pretty much anybody here wanted to sign them for, or for not trading for players who were acquired with a deal larger than pretty much anybody here would have been willing to part with.
Then, when he leaves himself vast room to make subsequent moves, people complain that the offseason was a bad one because he didn't get guys he shouldn't have gotten or traded for guys he shouldn't have traded for, mostly because they don't believe Holland is going to be an aggressive trade deadline player even though pretty much every time Holland's had the financial freedom to make a deadline move he's made a significant one.
As though the moves SJ has made aren't fraught with at least as much risk (if not more) than Holland's more value-focused approach. Havlat and Burns are not exactly Cal Ripken Jr's on skates. If either or both end up being as brittle as they've demonstrated at times over the years, that team is in real trouble immediately.