Clearing the way for Cam to be the chief enforcer lol.
Good. At least Cam actually brings some energy by skating around 100 miles an hour (doing mostly nothing), but throwing some good hits and scrapping. Boulton might have the tiniest bit more "skill," but he just didn't bring any energy at all.
I think it's more about Boulton being redundant if Janssen is here. Cam, in my opinion, is more intimidating so in his role, I think he's more useful. Just my take. Dude is crazy.
I meant it in the way that obviously we aren't penny pinching because if we were, Boulton would still be here and Janssen wouldn't
Originally Posted by Bleedred
Haven't really stopped to think about it yet, but if that is the case I guess they know what Cam brings. A little bit of energy, some physicality, and an enforcers role. Boulton was probably expected to bring A LOT more, and that's why Lou likely signed him to a 2 year deal. The 4th line in the playoffs made him expendable. Even though the 4th line scored some big goals against Florida in tight games, and games we won by a goal like Carter's game winner in game 1 vs Florida, and Bernier's goal in games 6 which we won by just a goal in OT and 7 vs Florida for Gionta which we won by just a goal in OT. If we lost that series Little Gio might be back in Albany, and we may have wound up having Boulton or Janssen in the lineup every game again like last season.
I think we'll see Cam play in no more than 30 games next year UNLESS there is injury or depth problems in the forwards. No way they spent almost $2.5 million on all the 4th liners to play together only half the games.
You'll see Janssen in a few of the division games and in some other games where guys might need a night or two off to rest something nagging
Originally Posted by Getzo5
Your math is fine. As I said before, Boulton was the one who became expendable. Just like BG said, this should surprise no one.
Oh well, I liked him. I hope he still sticks around in the league. Good guy and had some fun moments this year. I loved seeing him wreck Kaberle with a big hit as well as Kris Letang. The battles against Rupp and Prust were fun too and the clocking of Murray and that slugfest against Chris Neil.
Just didn't work out here. Great fighter but somehow lost his hockey skills once he came here.
I think part of it has to do with the 4th line getting switched around nearly every game during the season. It can't be that easy to generate chemistry when you're playing with new or different linemates nearly every game. In Atlanta, he was able to be productive because he was always playing with Slater and Thorburn, so he was able to have chemistry with his linemates.
I think people are blowing the financial problems out of proportion though because if the Devils were in huge trouble, they wouldn't have re-signed Janssen to 575k and bought out Boulton's 750k. They would have kept Boulton and let Janssen walk.