Canucks have Ballard making $4.2M on their bottom pairing so I don't get why so many of their fans are talking crap in this thread.
SOB at 3 yrs/$6M > Ballard at 3 yrs/$12.6M
Lets not even start talking about the team that has Komisarek making $4.5M/yr.
Just because it's not the worst contract in hockey doesn't mean it's a good one.
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This deal is just to buy our kids time in the AHL.
Don't hate on O'Brien too much. In 2-3 years he'll be available at the deadline and probably shopped to your team of choice for a 4th or 5th rounder. And your GM may bite, who knows. I don't think anyone believe SOB is the second coming of Chris Pronger but someone will want cheap depth on the blueline.
The team's just filling out the depth so that our kids have to earn their spots, all of our bottom 3 defenders aren't really being overpaid, and so can be traded once the kids start to push them out of their jobs. And frankly, I think that'll happen this year, with at least one of Gaunce or Barrie earning a permanent job in the NHL.