I saw that earlier...and it completely slipped my mind. I'd like to see them bring him back but at a reduced cap hit. I'm a huge Goose supporter, but his game has slipped in recent years (even if his point totals haven't). He hasn't been nearly as physical as in his younger years. If they could get him for half a million less a year (which I think would be 1.8), I'd be happy.
I've been rather tired of Gaustad for a couple years now. But I also see why he's on team. He has become less and less of a factor for awhile now. He'll be 30 in February, so I think for what he does bring, 1 year contracts for him from here on out. Cap it of no more than 1.5 mil. If he wants 2+ years, walk away. I think we can find SOMEONE to play center on the 4th line. He's an asset...barely. Just my O.
My point is simply that expecting someone on the current roster to taking a "hometown discount" is sorta ridiculous. As is the notion of getting a lateral or upgrade at the position needing filling at that cheap price.
I'm glad the Sabres have broken out of that mentality and I'd say they did pretty well in the off-season. Obviously, Leino is a bust and a half, but to get talent, you have to be the highest bidder to reel in the talent...
Or tank for like, 7 years and draft in the top 3 constantly and get a little extra help in certain drafts from Mr. Bettman via connections through your team's owner like a certain team did that plays in Pennsylvania. I'll give you a hint - The city and team name both start with the same letter
He's good at faceoffs. I was disappointed with him after the 1st Boston game, but he went with Lucic(reluctantly I'm sure) in the 2nd game. He's good on the PK. He is overpaid a little bit right now. If he can get his point production up a little I'd be ok with 3 years and 6 million.