Hawks are better with Leddy + Olesz (Who will be bought out for very cheap this summer likely) + A real 3rd pairing on D + Actual bottom 6 depth >>> Campbell and 5 more years of his horrid contract (35M in $$$ + 7.1M in cap hit)
Hawks look alot better this year and the cap room cleared from Campbell allowed Sharp to be signed longterm + Hawks have 3M+ in cap room available right now
IMHO that Campbell trade had more to do with the long term then it had to do with the short term.
Basically Chicago saved $4m in cap space this year but have yet to realistically replace Campbell in the lineup. Sure Leddy is off to a solid start and offensively the Hawks are looking GREAT but at some point in the season the loss of Campbell will be noticable however the Hawks do have plenty of time to figure things out between now and then.
-Booth's NTC kicked in this summer so Tallon felt this was the time to move him
- I believe managment in Florida felt Booth's value was decreasing by the day, and one more head shot might have been all she wrote
-Tallon could be targeting Parise this summer to play with Huberdeau,Weiss,Flash,Steeg etc.. Don't laugh, that 4.25 mil a year will help in a offer to Parise for 4-5 years. I think Parise will sign for that year length, then finish his career in another market for another 4-5 year deal
-Money to spend elsewhere instead of just on Booth who was falling down the depth charts in Florida. He used to be the go to guy along with Horton... now he's just another guy.
Of course, this could all backfire on Florida and Tallon if none of those points ring true in the following year.
PS. Horton asked to be traded. Weiss and Booth told Tallon they wanted to stick around.
They're rebuilding. I can't believe there is so much ambiguity as to why Tallon is making these moves. It's pretty clear, they're aiming to tank and rebuild through picks + free agency.
true, but spending big $$$ on Campbell, Jovo, Upshall, Fleischman isn't exactly building the Panthers into contenders anytime soon. Yes, they will get more cap room next season, but what player of quality is going to sign in FLA to play on a rebuilding team?