I guess Crosby and Malkin suck and are hated because they couldn't get Parise and Suter to sign there, right? The Penns must not have a reputation for winning and being a cup contender. They're obviously a joke in the league, right?
that's not what he's saying. Read it again, slowly this time.
Hopefully for your sake Doan doesn't sign the offer. For a soon to be 36 year old who put up only 50 points last year, this potential contract could become one of the worst contracts in the NHL very quickly.
Not sure how many of you here follow the Blue Jays, but a few years ago when they opened up the cheque books and signed/traded for A.J. Burnett, B.J. Ryan and Troy Glaus and re-signed Vernon Wells to a massive $126m contract we thought we were getting three very good, veteran players who'd push the Jays to make the playoffs. Clearly that didn't happen and the Blue Jays have only recently recovered from that fiasco. Signings like this aren't the answer to Buffalo's problems. In a salary cap situation, hope to god that Doan doesn't sign that deal or that management will withdraw the offer or this could be an absolute disaster of a contract. I highly doubt a 39 year old Doan is worth $7.5m per year, especially if he's putting up under 50 points.
I think you are underestimating the effect that Doan moving to a new team, city, and conference would have on his production.
There would be a ton of acclimation that Doan would have to do that would likely have a negative effect on his production.
That's one reason why so many guys who change teams have down years in the first season with their new club.
It's overly optimistic to believe that Doan at 36yo coming to Buffalo would be immune from all of that. Especially when you add in the drop in ice time.
Some older players changing teams recently have done ok, Ray Whitney, Eric Cole, Vinny Prospal.
I mean its not like it doesnt happen. We saw Teppo. Like I said, Im not worried so much about year 1 and 2, its year 3 and 4 I would worry about. Might be better off going with a guy that you know what your getting from the start, we know who Doan is as a player. I dont think Ruff would ask Doan to do something he didnt already do.
But obviously you understand why I'd say that I don't think that acquiring Doan necessarily leads to culture change, especially in a locker room that had issues with bringing in higher-paid UFAs. That was probably Roy, who's gone, but that in itself is probably a nice cultural change as is.
I get where you're coming from - I just don't accept the opportunity risks.
i just dont see the cap space as much risk... since i dont see any significant free agents coming here until we change the identity of the franchise into a perrenial contender... and that will take close to the life of doan's ridiculous contract.
I also don't see it hindering the franchise in keeping their own, as long as they rightfully let Vanek walk in 2 years.
The biggest risk the Sabres face is the youth movement not developing properly... anything that aids that development is a good move IMO.
This is a good point as well. You aren't just paying for the individual in signing Doan. You're paying for the domino effect that it could have in turning Buffalo into a winner. And when you're a winner, Getzlaf/Perry etc look your way to sign.
couple that with the "grooming" affect on the youth...and you have plenty of reason to shovel doan a boatload of cash IMO