I think it's becoming clear that signing any Free Agent is a bad idea. You don't want Nathan Horton for 7 years on a FA contract. You want him for 2 or 3 on his previous one, then let him walk when it's time to get paid. Overpaying for a great player doesn't kill you. Overpaying Clarkson/Horton types is what does. And lets face it, those are usually the only types that hit the open market.
Sign no one. We have a lot of exciting prospects competing for less spots than there are. There is another big trade we can make down the line. Maybe not this offseason. But next one, for sure.
They must be looking to pay out the ass for Mcdonagh and Stepan.
Derek Stepan: 11th in scoring among centers. 21st overall. This is on a weak offensive team, with a terrible power play, and after a pretty brutal start to the season. Aside from raw numbers, did anyone else see the incredible jump Stepan made with his skating? It was night and day. He's a legitimate 1C.
First 18 games- 3g, 6a, 9pts.
Final 30 games- 15g, 20a, 35pts.
Ryan McDonagh: a defensive rock with offensive upside. Already Top 10.
Aged 23 and 24 respectively. These are very strong core players. I want them on the team for the next decade.
Last edited by SouthJerseyRanger: 07-05-2013 at 01:50 PM.
And bury Asham and Powe, if Miller winds up being the rookie to make the team (our most expensive contract in the minors) we have roughly 2,500,000 in cap space. Edit: McIlrath is actually our most expensive contract in HFD, but not by much. 2.5 mil holds.
I'm not sure how close I am on those projected AAV's, but yeah. We can afford to sign a 4th liner who will add size and tenacity.
Re-signing our RFAs pushes us fairly close to the cap. I guess we're holding off.
thats not a bad thing... the most we could have gotten is Ribiero, Clarkson (yuck), Hendricks, Scuderi, Stalberg, Grabovski, and maybe a few others...
Are those players exceptional? Maybe, but at the prices they are being signed at?! Absolutely not... There's more to a team than the players, it's the players chemistry together. Alot of our guys have that, therefore no reason to muck with it, you know?