That Subban deal is incredibly short sighted. Yeah, they have him on a very reasonable cap hit for the next two seasons, but realistically they are a team that is a couple of seasons away from competing. They gave up the opportunity of reducing his salary in future years, when they'll actually be competitive, through a long term deal in order to have cap savings over the next two seasons, when they likely won't. Can't say that I understand that.
Wonder if there is some part of them that is consider shifting him? Either that or they are trying to break their prospect pool into accepting cheaper short term deals, though I have to wonder if it is going to become a league wide thing, NYRs just did the same.
Theodore with the most terrible save selection imaginable puts Tampa up 2-1. Rather than falling into a butterfly and just letting the puck sliding on the ice hit him, he threw himself into a sliding save...in the wrong direction.
I must admit I do not agree with the short-sighted moves to keep Galchenyuk and Grigorenko in the NHL.
Neither the Habs or Sabres are going anywhere this season. Too many holes in their rosters. Why burn a year of their ELC's getting third/fourth line minutes on bubble teams? Why not try to keep that ELC going as long as possible so that in 2 or 3 years you can take advantage of maybe having a first line talent making a rookie salary.
Nothing new from the Habs though. New GM, same short-sighted approach.
This season has utterly shocked me from the Sabres though. I mean first they sign Girgensons and toss an 18 y/o to the wolves in the AHL. Good luck developing any offensive game from Girgensons, just a ridiculous decision.
They dump Roy and essentially name two players that cannot defend to save their lives as their number one and two center (Hodgson and Ennis-athough I still Ennis can be a star winger-but he is not a center at all). Now they are using Grigorenko as their third line center?
Last season I would have named Buffalo as one of the elite player developement organizations in the entire NHL. In one season they've managed to make enough bizarre choices that I'd consider ranking them near the bottom.
Did the fumes off the freshly printed money from Pegula get to Regier's head? I thought the new influx of money would be amazing for them-but not if they abandon their player developement system.