It depends on what SFY does after this. If BJ isn't the default fighter next season, then I can see it being okay, but his big contribution right now is fighting, and he completely sucks the energy out of the Lightning when he does that.
Well this one was firmly in my not expected basket. At first I didnt get it at all, but it can kinda make sense. We are a young team, and BJ might be a really good leader for the locker room (I really dont know). I mean hes a good penalty killer, decent 4th liner, and for the price, really not too bad of a guy too have around. I just worry if this means weve given up on Labrie after his latest injury. I thought the kid would effectively take Crombeen's place in the roster next year.
Best explanation I can think of is that Cooper likes having Angelidises and Neilsons and Labries as role players in his big family atmosphere, and Crombeen and Thompson are just NHL-level versions of what those guys brought to the AHL table.
Anyway, the money and term aren't really devastating, and like others said, he's a useful defensive forward when he isn't getting beat up.
I think he adds to the energy of the team when he's not doing what he was brought in to do: fight.
He really does sap it out of the Lightning when he fights. Nothing ever happens. When it does, he's usually on the receiving end.
But all in all, he's a good energy guy who hustles and does what is asked for him. It seems like he is redundant with Thompson and Pyatt and all the Cuse players coming up soon, but I guess that's for SFY to decide.
Yeah, don't get this at all. He's willing to fight, he just blows at it.
This is silly. The guy plays a ****** role. He get stuck fighting heavyweights because no lightweights will fight him, and he gets knocked around because of it. He does it, doesn't complain, and gives you everything each and every shift. Worth it, good extension, good PK guy.